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    I'm riding in the rain....Riding in the rain....What a glorious day to be.....

    Over and over for the last couple of weeks, I have come across threads that talk about "shutting it down for the winter", or "hanging the bike up until spring" or "finding a good project to work on while I can't ride". Now, I get it that some of you have winter weather where riding just isn't realistic. But for others, it seems that you are shutting it down for the winter, just to avoid the rain and a little cold.

    Believe me, I get what damage can occur to a trail from riding it while wet. I also get that wear and tear on a bike is greater in these elements as compared to dry riding. So if those are your arguements on not riding, I get it.

    But, I have to say that I love riding in the rain! Of course, being that I live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, I had better like it. But it really puts a different twist on technical riding, and I love that challenge. Slick mud and roots, rocks that normally give traction but when wet just rob you of traction, climbs that seem so elementary when dry, become massive obstacles when wet, descents that can be dusty, dry and fast, are now slow, mucky and slick. I just love all of it! Even stopping to take a break and eat something on the trail takes on a new feel, and seems to allow you to feel even closer to the trail and the surrounding woods.

    So I am just looking to see if others enjoy riding in the rain as much as I. Or, do you just shut it down and wait for spring to roll around again?
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    I plan to ride all year (Michigan). Frozen trails and dirt roads.
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    I love this time of year in Cali. We also get to ride year-round (as long as the trails don't close) and the roadies get skerred and go hide inside.

    This is also the time my CX bike gets more use, although I have a flatland BMX bike once again.

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    I live in the central valley of CA, so I ride all year long. I don't prefer to ride when it is pouring down rain, but have several times. I enjoy hitting a trail right after the rain. Especially the past couple of weeks - Hero Dirt!

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    I'm riding in the rain....Riding in the rain....What a glorious day to be.....-rain1.jpg

    Please note the Mom in the background trying to clean the kid and the bike before they go in the car.

    I'm riding in the rain....Riding in the rain....What a glorious day to be.....-rain2.jpg

    Yeah, we like rain just fine.

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    I wait all year for Tamarancho rain rides. Nothing better than coming home tired, wet, cold...and ecstatic.

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    I was planning in going out to ride during Sandy. (in Upstate NY) Didn't get the chance though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Yeah, we like rain just fine.
    Ninja, sweet pics bud! Look at the love on these kids faces from getting wet, cold and muddy on the trail! That truly is what it is all about! Their smiles look just like mine after getting all dirty and muddy too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Palladini View Post
    I wait all year for Tamarancho rain rides. Nothing better than coming home tired, wet, cold...and ecstatic.
    Jeff, no doubt that is what it is all about! Nothing better than coming home to a hot shower after a long, wet, cold ride! Especially when it had that "epic" feel to it!
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    Living in Scotland, like many other places in the world, it rains alot, luckily I love it.

    The thought of going out in it doesn't always inspire and the first time that cold water soaks through to your ass (about 10 seconds out if starting on tarmac)isn't pleasant, but the rest is fantastic.
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    We don't get much precipitation at all around here -- check out my "location."

    But when it does come down, riding through fresh powder is even better than riding on frozen dirt. Unfortunately, rain completely wrecks the trails so we usually have to wait a day or so after the wet stuff comes down to ride again.

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    My guess is that most of you who enjoy riding in the rain don't have to work in it every day, trust me it gets old.
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    Depends on the trail. Many trails become unrideable due to mud. Some go completely underwater multiple times a year because they are in the floodplain. The rockier trails that remain rideable in those conditions are farther away so I ride less during those times. But they mostly become rideable again (except the flooded ones...it usually doesn't stay cold enough long enough for the ice to be rideable with studs, but those trails do become paddleable) when they freeze up in the winter.

    It is okay. I have other things I can do. I can pull out the road bike, or go for a run (I plan to run my first half marathon in May so I will be running all winter). I can go for a hike, or even pull out the canoe. I can also go north and go snowshoeing or skiing. Or if I want to stay warm and dry, I can do something inside, like yoga or lift. My "off-season" is not a season of inactivity.

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    what's rain?----guy from southern california

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    what's rain?----guy from southern california
    Stuff that makes plants green and keeps fires down. Love me that late spring/early summer electric green new growth.

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    I ride in the rain forest. It's always wet in there even when it's sunny above the canopy.

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    I have a little OCD when it comes to my toys. Riding in bad weather makes it harder to clean my bike. I am the same with my motorcycle. They both get cleaned after each ride. I even clean my boat after each use. Drives my wife crazy!

    Not saying I don't or wouldn't do it, but I'd rather not cause it drives me nutz having dirty stuff. I do ride, run, boat, and fish all year though no matter the temp.

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