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Every day, at least three times a day, I ride about a half mile each way to campus from my house. The rain in the past two weeks has made my commute less than fun. I have a SKS Race X Blade on my rear wheel to prevent getting splatterback, but what are some other easy and convenient methods of trying to stay dry that rely on being attached to the bike?

staying dry bike fenders

My methods of keeping the body dry is O2 Rainwear’s Jacket, and/or an umbrella. Yeah. sometimes I’m lazy.

What do you guys do to stay dry? Do you commute anywhere, rain or snow?

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The velomihottie is also a runner, and was outside in the rain at 6am this morning. This kind of dedication to one’s sport is awe inspiring. Don’t get me wrong now, I haven’t picked up running, but I was motivated to go out and ride in today’s heavy downpour. By the time I got home from work, and was kitted up, the roads were already steaming and evaporating the rain off of the hot surfaces. Very eerie!

I’ve been working on a local trail for about two days now, and since it rained today, this was the perfect time to see how well my modifications to the trail have held up. There are about twenty-something coroplast arrows creating a trail path that maximizes the available land, while creating a very efficient and fun topographic course. All I did was cut up some coroplast boxes, make a cardboard stencil, and spraypaint each one with the little arrow design. To create a little less than thirty of them took about half an hour from idea to completion.

mtb trail coroplast signs arrows directions

I’ve been placing them about five feet from the ground, 6-10 feet before a turn on flat sections, and about fifteen feet before a downhill section:

Very easy to see, no?

I’ve dug up some edges around ponds like the one above to allow the water from the rutted out ATV potholes to runoff down the hill, or disperse into wooded/grassy areas. This took a lot of time, but I’ve been wanting to do a lot of this since 2009 or so.

I’m having trouble determining what to do for one section of trail that the ATV’s have decimated with their tires, and there is about a fifty foot section of horizontal ruts full of water. Video below:

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shimano downtube shifter derailleur keychain keyring

With an ornament such as this on your keychain, people will know they are in the presence of a cyclist, even when you’re not on your main steed.

Inspiration from Velominati

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Well, first snow has fallen, so it is another round of trying the snow chains. This year, I have scrapped the external tensioning wire on both sides, saving about 120g,  and the install takes less than 20 minutes for both wheels:

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Before

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After

The only change I noticed in having the chains being held in place by zip ties alone was that the tension needed to hold them in place created unneeded stress on the sidewalls of the tires. One of the chains where the entire link was not fully aligned ended up rubbing a hole into my rear tire, ending the ride prematurely.

I stopped here for a photo op, and to let the tubeless goo seal the hole:

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One last photo really shows how cold it was outside; all of the grit and water that flew up onto my frame froze. This created an impenetrable fortress of frozen gunk on the bottom side of the downtube:

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While I do not follow my own rules to an exact science, I do tend to follow them as a general sense of rule.

For example, once the weather becomes inhospitable enough for me (when shorts are becoming less of an option for daily wearing), I tend to bring all of my bicycles indoors like you would a cat or dog for the winter months. This is never a specific day marked on my calendar, but usually within a two-week grace period. I doubt leaving the bikes in the garage vs. home all winter does a significant amount of benefit to them, but at least they are safe indoors~

Anyone else bring their bikes from the garage to indoors during the winter months?

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