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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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Are you so in love with WV Cycling that you need up to the minuposts and updates about all things related to bikes in and or around West Virginia? If so, head onto facebook and “Like” our group! There’s frequent posts daily, and a lot more humor and news!

A lot more gear, local news, and random quips from about the internet are posted here. You can see little samples of the Facebook posts to your right, but the widget/app thing acts pretty weird.

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Click to Visit!

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Being in college again, and super busy, it has been hard to get out on some long rides lately. Luckily this weekend, I was able to get a really nice 3hr cross ride in. Take a look:

Cyclocross singletrack jeep trail dirt road

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cyclocross dirt ride dirty kanzaa

There are so many beautiful abandoned county roads and old dirt trails that can be explored!

 

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Even the worst rides have great opportunites for taking pics.

For exaple, today’s ride ended up taking me on trails (or lackthereof) that were so rutted out, there were creeks, craters, mud bogs, or rock gardens, luckily, the elevation of an average 8% (felt more like 20% up or down) allowed for some pretty sweet downhills after the steep hike-a-bikes.

 

I went exploring at our local airport, hearing there was a trail around it…. FAIL. There was nothing but tall grass that went over my handlebars.

After that, I was looking for a way out, and ended up on a deer trail that led me onto a private farm. There were a few cool things to take pics of, but this one was the best op:

Eventually, I made my way onto a familiar road, after having some hereford cows mooing at me for being in their pins (on accident). Decided to take a detour on a gas road I had not been on for a while. This linked up to a VERY STEEP power line trail. Another crappy travel, another great pic:

A view of a good portion of Buckhannon‘s downtown! Look at the powerline angles! 😮

By the time I got home, I was tired, hungry, and cut up like no one’s business. I even managed to find a tick on my arm 😦

After stopping, I could really tell I was bushwacking in deep grasses…. Take a look at my rear hub:

I really wish I would have gone on a road ride with my buddies, but every once in a while, it never hurts to try to break new ground, no?

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I’ve been posting things at least once a day on WV Cycling’s Facebook page. If you are the kind of person who wants to vicariously indulge in everything wvcycling, then this will be for you! I’ve also been doing a bumpersticker contest where people can win one of my new bumperstickers by correctly naming the location of which I took a photo of. So far, Michael Martin and Jared Yates have won one!

Link? http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling

 

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