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i admit that i am a lightweight when it comes to riding in bad weather.can always make excuses (blame it on my depression why i don't go out in the rain/unfit/lazy e.t.c)

the annoying thing is that i will finally be getting my first proper road bike next week (a lovely specialized tarmac sport).

have wanted a road bike for a long time.

obviously next week's weather looks pretty dire all week in wiltshire  14

i really don't want to take my new bike out in the crap weather on it's first outing (i know  9

how do you deal with riding in bad weather/get motivated to ride?
i know it's a stupid question to ask,but i do suffer with depression and it really does put the dampeners on things  14 thanks in advance  1

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I suffer from severe depression, anxiety and recently had the body blow of being diagnosed with early onset parkinson's.

I still manage to get myself out in bad weather, snow, sleet, rain, wind....etc

I find it helps me get away from "normal" life, wind in my hair and forgot for a couple of hours how shit things are turning at home. FREEDOM.

You just have to wrap up warm and forget the weather, focus on the cycling  3

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paulfg42 [390 posts] 3 years ago
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Commute in all weathers and just accept it as part of the bike experience but I won't go out riding for pleasure if it's chucking it down. And I definitely won't be getting my 'best' bike covered in mud, salt etc!

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racefaceec90 [33 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 am sorry to hear that.i hope that it doesn't get too bad (and good luck with beating depression/anxiety also.the fact that you ride your bike a lot will help you out i reckon.
what you say is true though,i have to follow your advice.tis only water (as peter gabriel sang once  3

ah stuff the weather,i will definitely be riding my new bike when it turns up (have been waiting for over 20 odd years to get a decent road bike).

good luck in getting better sir and thanks for the reply  1

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ALIHISGREAT [119 posts] 3 years ago
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Just relish the challenge

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paulmcmillan [96 posts] 3 years ago
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After a couple of years of (almost) daily commuting in all weathers in west central Scotland I'd say that if you can persist enough for a couple of months it will just become habit, and the weather really won't bother you. Also I have noticed a big upturn in my mood since I made regular cycling the norm; things just don't bother me as much and I feel confident to take on what life throws at me.
Do it enough to make it habit and you will start to enjoy all the benefits. Mudguards aren't a bad idea too!

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Team up with a mate.

Also:

#9

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TheSpaniard [98 posts] 3 years ago
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Rule 9.

That's a good feeling.

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matt_fantastic [86 posts] 3 years ago
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Even in the worst weather, my bike commute is better than being on the Tube...  16

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bikecellar [268 posts] 3 years ago
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externilise the distractions, weather, crap roads, life,s problems and focus on the ride and how good it is to be doing what you enjoy.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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One other thing, treat your bike as another member of the family, so when you've thrashed it around, come home and give it a nice clean bath and dry it off thoroughly, it will love you back for longer that way.

Take care of it and you shall have a longer life with it.  4

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trikeman [309 posts] 3 years ago
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Apparently, the excersise you get from regular cycling (whatever the weather) encourages you body to release some sort of 'happy hormones' - I always feel great after riding. I commute in all weathers and find (as eluded to above - the tube) I don't get the nasty bugs that inhabit trains, tubes and places where hundreds of people gather - a second class ride beats a first class train every time.

A close buddie was actually recommended to start cycling to reduce stress/anxiety which he suffered bad with, he was a different person a few weeks into riding to work. I find a great relief when I ride in the rain - some call me mad but I genuinely love it in the rain.

I do s***t myself (regularly) in the icy weather though.  13

Go for it but don't wreck your new (excellent) bike - good luck with it and get some decent kit to keep you dry (ish) and warm.

Regards

Trikeman.  3

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Jasonnz1 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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When you bike in the rubbish weather, it makes you realise how much funriding in great weather is.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Would agree with everything above especially Rule 9 and arrange to ride in a group; rides in poor weather are very memorable occasionally for the wrong reasons. I will never forget a ride in a group where we had a snowball fight whilst riding (we were able to reach down and gather snow) and finding myself riding down hill on sheet ice, there were gaps of dry tarmac but none wide enough to stop, so I was able to almost stop and then had to release the brake and pray. I got to what I thought was the end of the ice, found the 'wet' road was black ice and went down like a sack of spuds without a scratch! Mudguards are also a necessary evil. But where cycling and bad weather are concerned the rule that there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes is worth remembering. Was thinking this all the way round the 100 mile Exmoor Beast this year, I would have paid a lot of money for a pair of overshoes! It was bitter weather but I still finished  16

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notfastenough [3695 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't suffer from depression (I don't think) but I do have times when I'm almost inert, like a feeling that I just can't move to do anything. I've learnt that I have to apply real mental focus (actually learnt in martial arts classes) to do what I need to do (e.g. get ready) but then once I'm out, such feelings disappear.

When the weather looks grotty, I console myself with two things: if few(er) others are out training, then I'm catching them up fitness-wise, and that I get the chance to use the posh Rapha rain jacket that I got in a sale. Perhaps treat yourself to something fancy that makes the poor weather a positive?

The other thing is that I try to use familiar routes, but each one infrequently so that almost every ride I can secure a couple of personal records on Strava.

Good luck and stay positive.

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Edgeley [357 posts] 3 years ago
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Great stuff above. More prosaically, you will get wet, but overshoes definitely make it less vile. Enjoy. The road in the wet is better than inside in the wet.

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racefaceec90 [33 posts] 3 years ago
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thanks a lot for all the advice  4 i just won't be able to help myself when the bike turns up (i just want to start riding it  1

will post up some videos of it's first outing next week  3

i will firstly be walking (i know/it's just that the bus fare is so expensive/every spare penny will be going to pay off the bike) from devizes to melksham.then if i'm not dead  3 will try and do a ride that i have planned for it's first outing.

from melksham to lacock.up the steep hill to the main chippenham/devizes road.
cross over to calne.
turn right at the main road (as if going to beckhampton roundabout) but climb back up hill where north wilts golf course is).
cross over the main road at junction (devizes/beckhampton) and head to horton then to pewsey vale. (sorry for the long write up  9

continue onto marlbrough (stop and have a coffee).then return back to devizes via pewsey vale (by this point i will be feeling like this  31

i know it's a big ride for me (as i really am not very fit),but i really wanted to give my new bike a decent first outing (will really test my legs on the hills also  20
if you've read this far award yourself a piece of cake from me for reading all that  4

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aende [32 posts] 3 years ago
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Motivation In:

I have to get to work to pay the mortgage

Motivation Out:

I want to get home to be with the kids

In other news, bad weather does not bother me, high wind is the only killer - drains energy.

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Farky [183 posts] 3 years ago
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Sounds like youve got in under control already!

Planning and preperation always overcome procrastination!

I do actually enjoy riding in the rain and feel great for the achievement afterwards knowing mere mortals would never do such a thing but I hate the idea of it the night before and especially the morning I have to get up out fo my cosy bed and leaving my wife there on her own...stealing all the quilt!

Plan your route...DONE
Organise your gear:
Bike....Sounds like youve sorted it, condsider lights/mudguards etc but all extras.
Gear....Just have the basics covered at least, anything WProof top and bottom, warm layers and base layers so you dont get all sticky/sweaty.
Reward...youve got a cafe stop in there, great...what about afterwards? I love planning a long hot bath and usually sort the bath out the nite before (remove the clothes hung out to dry etc).
Food...you need to eat prior, during and after or else you will drain yourself to the point that your conditions will take over completely, before, during and after. Decent dinner and some supper the day before, brekfast/wakeup coffee prior, cereal bars/coffe stop during and have something ready for your return home.

Reasoning: Give yourself a reason to do it, fitness, health, fun, whatever it means to you..and remember that somehow whether it be pictures or books, or even eurosport/dvds. It all helps you to visualise it and plant that seed deep down.

I love cycling in a group....I hate getting out of bed early when I have the option as I so often dont.

Ive only just managed, last week, to get out with my local club for the very first time in 18mths and now im kicking myself I didnt do it sooner.

Still hate getting out of bed early though!

Plan and prepare.

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andyp [1450 posts] 3 years ago
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Whenever I look outside and start to wonder about whether I should give the ride a miss, I tell myself 'this time tomorrow/monday/in 2hrs time, I'll be sitting at a desk wishing I was on my bike'. Never fails.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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The worst bit is always sitting indoors looking out at the weather. Once I am out there  16 this seems to be the case regardless of rain, wind, tired, hung over, a bit sore etc

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fatbeggaronabike [819 posts] 3 years ago
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Like others have already said just go for it. I sometimes do myself out of a ride by looking out the window and thinking eugh! also when I've got "the black dog" but do manage to get past the front door the first five or so miles I am fighting my inner voice that says, ah a quick left here then another and I'm home. The feelings of accomplishment, self achievement happiness etc etc after a ride far outweigh the frustrations of sitting around doing nothing.
Good luck to you and have fun on your new bike.

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issacforce [212 posts] 3 years ago
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just get out and do it

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alotronic [468 posts] 3 years ago
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It's always slightly better outside than it looks from inside the house.

Commute, even the shittiest london weather is better than the tube.

Have a crappy bike for towpath excursions.

Mountain Biking! Somehow nicer to get filthy and soaked if there are no cars around and you are 'in' the environment rather than riding thorough it.

MTFU!!!

Plan events and work towards them - this will get you out.

If I don't ride I get very very very shitty indeed (integral part of my depression avoidance mechanism!)

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Bedfordshire Clanger [344 posts] 3 years ago
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This is what works for me:-

Set a target number of rides or miles that you'd like to achieve in a month. If you have some friends to benchmark against then so much the better. Record your outings on mapmyride or something similar so that you can chart your progress. When bad weather comes your way, you know that you'll still have to go out to hit your target or to put one over on your riding buddies. As many have stated above it is rarely as bad as it looks when it's raining and you love riding your bike anyway right? Just in case you are not aware of the excellent if a little tongue in cheek Velominati rules I'll quote rule #9 for you:

Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.

Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.

The only other rule that you really need to know is #5.
There's nothing quite like telling your friends to MTFU when they've been shirking rainy rides.

Enjoy that new bike, I bet you'll love it!
I always feel great after I've been out on mine, I hope that it's the same for you.

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PhilRuss [390 posts] 3 years ago
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Excuses? Have some of mine! Here's a few of 'em-----it's raining, it's too hot, too cold, it's snowy, it's windy, it's too far, it's not far enough to bother, too much traffic, this stuff (to transport) will weigh my bonk-bag down, there's nothing to lock the bike to at the cafe-stop, I'm a bit tired, I'm not really fit enough, my head aches, my (left)knee doesn't feel right....and ultimately the classic copout: I'll go tomorrow!
At 16 I joined a club, and for 18 months the weather--any kind, including snow & ice-- was entirely irrelevant. Bring it on! The worse it gets, the more HEROIC you feel. And as has been mentioned elsewhere, hard rides stimulate your feel-good endorphins (peptide neuro-transmitters in yer brain, innit) which are well known to lift your spirits. However, having said all that, I'd advise you NOT to instantly sally forth into a downpour unless you have to. That's my philosophy these days, but if I do get stuck in the wet stuff, I just get stuck in. "I can do this! Rain & wind don't beat me---I beat rain & wind! And it's doing me good---ALL OVER!"
And after the battle, how do you feel? Relaxed--and happier.
P.R.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 3 years ago
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matt_fantastic wrote:

Even in the worst weather, my bike commute is better than being on the Tube...  16

Seconded - public transport from 'burbs into weegie-toon (AKA Glasgow to the southerners) is totally depressing and NOT how I choose to start my day

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jimmo62 [55 posts] 3 years ago
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Make a public commitment to someone that you are going to ride X days per week and ask them to check up on you - amazing how avoiding having to making lame excuses can focus the mind and determination.....

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Cycleoptic [18 posts] 3 years ago
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Commute in all weathers across London,

Just think of the alternative, sitting in traffic or squashed on tube.

Cycling gives Same time whatever the time, weather......

The hardest part is getting out if the door, pack the night before so fewer excuses.

Nice if destination has hot showers..  1

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Jezzag [41 posts] 3 years ago
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My wife called my bluff on Sunday. Weather was terrible ouside, friend decided not to venture out, I didn't really fancy it either tbh. Then: "You mean you spent all that money on a bloody bike but you're not going to ride it?" That was all I needed. Conditions were pretty awful but I'm glad I went.

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Littlesox [78 posts] 3 years ago
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Errr...might be slightly masochistic, but I love it when I turn up at work soaking wet/blue with cold/running sweat etc and my work colleagues hurl abuse at me as a front for their total respect.

Comments like "How far is it to your house" and "How long does it take you....must be mad" just fire me up to do it again and again.

I'll get my coat.......

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