Here Comes The Rain Again

One thing that sticks out in my mind while mounting my bike on lovely Iowa mornings such as this is how many times I hear a phrase of this sort:

Are you riding your bike in this weather?  It’s raining out!

Yes.  It is raining out.  Am I put off by it?  Only because I wish it was snow.  Yes.  I am riding my bike in this weather.  Why wouldn’t I?  I have expended quite an effort to properly equip myself for just about any conditions and the thought that I should not utilise the gear which I have gathered is, to me, laughable.  Bikes are a wonderful thing in the fact that they are adaptable to just about any riding style, weather, ground condition, etc.  Riding in poor weather conditions isn’t some kind of heroic effort worthy of wicked high fives from the four-wheeled masses, but is a gift for some, a neccessity for others, and just plain rad to experience.

I am not writing this to tell the tens out there reading that you shouldn’t strike up a conversation about why a person is riding their bike in inclimate weather.  Actually, I have no idea what the heck I was saying.  Still be impressed with those out there doing it every day, but also use them as an example instead of an exhibit.  YOU TOO can get on a bike in the rain, the snow, the sleet, although you may want to skip blizzards and tsunamis as they are just plain dangerous to begin with.  What do you have to gain besides some astonished faces staring back at you?  The exact same benefits you would reap in sunny, warm weather.  Sure, you might spend more time getting suited up.  Yes, some days you will be soaking wet and miserable.  I look at it like this: if I had to run from my house to get into a car anyway, why not just be outside and deal with it for real?  Why sit around the house all winter thinking about all the fun you had on your bike during the “riding season”?  Get yourself some fenders, some warm/dry clothing, and ride your damn bike.

If you have any questions as to how you should go about getting properly equiped, feel free to ask me…or any of the other “crazies” you see out there riding their bikes.

Extra “Real Bikers Pedal” statement:  Let’s see the average Harley rider break out the hog in sub-freezing temperatures just to go for a fun ride with friends.


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