how do you motivate yourself to ride in rubbish weather?

by racefaceec90   November 15, 2012  

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 Angry

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

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 Angry thanks in advance Smile

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The worst bit is always sitting indoors looking out at the weather. Once I am out there Cool this seems to be the case regardless of rain, wind, tired, hung over, a bit sore etc

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
16th November 2012 - 19:28


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.


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [734 posts]
17th November 2012 - 9:31


just get out and do it

posted by issacforce [222 posts]
17th November 2012 - 12:23


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.


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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posted by alotronic [418 posts]
17th November 2012 - 13:04


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.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [346 posts]
18th November 2012 - 23:28


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.


posted by PhilRuss [335 posts]
20th November 2012 - 3:55


matt_fantastic wrote:
Even in the worst weather, my bike commute is better than being on the Tube... Cool

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

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [586 posts]
20th November 2012 - 14:11


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.....

posted by jimmo62 [59 posts]
20th November 2012 - 15:24


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.. Smile

posted by Cycleoptic [19 posts]
20th November 2012 - 15:44


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.

posted by Jezzag [40 posts]
20th November 2012 - 17:16


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.......

posted by Littlesox [89 posts]
21st November 2012 - 0:04


My excuse? The bikes live in a damp, unheated shed. Had the MTB for 6 years and there's lots of rusty bolts etc on it. Only had the road bike a year and don't want it going the same way by riding it in bad weather.

Poor excuse I know! Any tips for keeping the bikes tip top given the damp shed they live in?

posted by Roscoemck [12 posts]
21st November 2012 - 9:44


racefaceec90 wrote:

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 Blushing

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 Sick

thats a nice ride, I work in Devizes and use various parts of that route for testing the bikes and extending my commute home to Westbury.

If you see a roadcc jersey darting through the Devizes traffic be sure to wave Big Grin

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posted by stuke [356 posts]
21st November 2012 - 10:38


will do stuke Big Grin

i have to admit,i didn't do the ride that i planned above (got my tarmac sport yesterday).due to the weather/lack of fitness i ended up cycling from melksham cycle centre to lacock,then up bowden hill.turning right to bromham,then going back to rowde (via hawkstreet country lane).then devizes. slightly shorter than i planned Sad

i do plan on doing the above route sometime soon though hopefully friday/or next week if the weather improves.

but i cannot wait to start riding my new bike regularly Big Grin

posted by racefaceec90 [46 posts]
21st November 2012 - 10:51


'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.'

Even better, *I* have dry clothes to change into after my commute. *They* do not.


posted by andyp [1371 posts]
21st November 2012 - 11:28


Roscoemck wrote:
My excuse? The bikes live in a damp, unheated shed. Had the MTB for 6 years and there's lots of rusty bolts etc on it. Only had the road bike a year and don't want it going the same way by riding it in bad weather.

Poor excuse I know! Any tips for keeping the bikes tip top given the damp shed they live in?

[[[[ ROSCO! Bring the poor wee things indoors where they belong.


posted by PhilRuss [335 posts]
21st November 2012 - 17:01


I'd have to say that this year has had the worst weather for cycling.

Three times my current club cancelled the Thursday Time Trial due to bad weather. One time I rode the course with my winter gloves on and a waterproof jacket. I don't recall it ever raining so much in my lifetime.

The current weather isn't much better either.

There's three kinds of weather I avoid riding in - high winds and rain, ice and snow. All of these are like a suicide mission.

As for motivation - I ride to and from work by bike and I save on transport fares.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [295 posts]
21st November 2012 - 19:43


Give the bike a good clean and wipe down after use. Spray the bolts with a protective film or just replace them every so often, they are not expensive. At a minimum wipe down the chain and relube with a wet lube if out in bad weather. Advise the owner to familiarise himself with the rules and to HTFU.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [346 posts]
21st November 2012 - 22:27


Have to say I loved my battle into work yesterday morning in the wind and rain....once you get out there it's fine after a couple of minutes:)

posted by Saint Mikie 41 [53 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 8:21


aende wrote:
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.

+1: same applies.

Also Rule 5 Wink

posted by Steven_L [48 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 9:54


How timely. I work from home one day a week and get out for an hour at lunch. I'm sat here looking at the wind battering the small conifer in the back garden and listening to it howling down the chimney.

However, if I don't go out, I'll regret it.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 11:26


Your route takes in some of the roads I use on my commute i.e. Melksham to Lacock, if you are getting up Bowden hill without issue you must be pretty fit already. You can always go up Naish hill too for some variety and less traffic.
I go a different way to you from Lacock on to Kington Langley near Chippenham, 20 miles each way.
I ride in all weather conditions.
The roads are cruddy all the time recently, I fell off on Monday turning left a bit too keenly apparently, front wheel slid out from under me, fractured thumb, duffed up shoulder, 2 days off, back on today, bit silly really but I love it no matter the weather.
Used to worry about keeping dry but even with all the rain we have you rarely get soaked and when you do, so what, you dry.

posted by bike_food [164 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 12:36


Get some good lights and go out just before dawn. Nothing like seeing the sky brighten up an hearing the birds singing. I leave the house at 5:30 most mornings to do a 30 mile commute to work (direct route would only be 7 miles) by 6:30 it starts getting light and you can hear the birds. On quiet country roads it's a nice thing to see nature waking up. I often see deer as well.

p.s mtb shoes with less holes in rather than road shoes, and overshoes to keep your feet warm and dry help. Not much worse on a ride than wet feet on a cold windy day.

posted by klrsa05 [11 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 14:17


again thanks for all your replies Big Grin

i got the tarmac on tuesday (fantastic bike Big Grin it was windy but luckily it wasn't raining much.

i ended up doing a shorter ride for my first ride than what i originally planned (i did just about manage bowden hill on the bike/but felt like my lungs were about to exit my chest at the top Sick
i just returned to devizes via rowde in the end.

i am planning on taking it out for it's first proper ride tomorrow (the route i originally planned).the weather is meant to be a lot better than today (no rain/wind Big Grin

i did a map of the route on google (no gps/cycle computer). it's going to be over 50 miles with nearly 2000 ft of climbing Sick

quick route guide (from devizes to rowde,then country lane to 3 magpies/melksham cycle centre (to get gears adjusted).
then going to bowden hill from melksham,go towards calne,but cut off by heddington steps.follow country lane until it joins the road that goes up hill to north wilts gof club.
then continue on road (over main beckhampton road) to horton,then pewsey vale.
climb the hill and continue to marlbrough.
stop for a coffee,then back via pewsey vale again to devizes Big Grin

i cannot wait tbh to start riding the bike properly Big Grin

will do i ride report tomorrow/pics when i get back Wink

edit here's tomorrow's weather for devizes region to prove it is meant to be nice Wink

posted by racefaceec90 [46 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 18:01


Conditions today were as bad as I can remember on a bike ride. Had to get off and push a few times it was so gusty. Better weather tomorrow though!

posted by paulfg42 [395 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 22:17


I also forgot this video. If you like intellectual musical comedy and don't mind some swearing.

Watch this....Some people have it worse Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
22nd November 2012 - 23:57

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Congrats on the new bike. I spotted the vids too.

I saw your posts on stw and here (I ride mtb as well - do you still have your one?)

It's great to have variety and any cycling is better than none so try and get out as much as you can.

I wish you all the best with winning the battle v depression.

posted by Super Domestique [1695 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 19:32


thanks a lot Super Domestique (and to everyone else also Big Grin
yes i still have my charge duster (skinny steel mtb in fluro kawasaki green Cool it's a lovely bike (but not when it's covered in chalky clay (that wiltshire terrain is renowned for Angry

i went out on the road bike today (for it's first proper ride).i have to admit that i couldn't stump up to the 50 mile ride i had planned (i ended up missing pewsey vale/marlbrough part/it was 27.1 miles according to google maps/no cycle computer atm).i also had to stop near the top of the hill (from calne to north wilts golf club i was knackered Blushing

i really love riding the's a fantastic bike.i also was in the big ring this time (for most of the way Wink i had my saddle height too low for my first ride Sick

i plan on going out at least twice a week from now on (do 25-30 mile rides) Big Grin

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posted by racefaceec90 [46 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 20:39


I went out with my father in law a couple of months ago and 5 mins into our ride the heavens opened.
It was the worst rain i had seen in years and to compound it all a lorry splashed a massive mud puddle over us waiting at a junction. I was ready to chuck it but we kept on going. We done nearly 50 miles on some of ayrshires best roads and were both in agreement it was one of our best ever rides.
Its a great feeling to finish a ride in shitty weather, a sense of fuck you weather im out on my bike and thats it.

Im not too keen on the wind though, as someone pointed out earlier it can be energy sapping

posted by stepho [102 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 20:55

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F*** me Sad Have you seen the forecast for tomorrow (Sat) Crying Where are the car keys.......

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
23rd November 2012 - 23:05