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Faster in the wet?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Mister Paul, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Well, are you?

    It certainly seemed so this morning. It wasn't raining, just wet on the ground. But everything seemed smoother, and according to the speedo I was going a fair bit faster than usual.
     
  2. col

    col Veteran

    Wasnt raining here,but i know what you mean about seeming smoother when it does though.
     
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Sometimes it seems to be!
     
  4. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    I go faster in the wet, but only because the rain encourages me to pedal faster :blush:
     
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I think I go faster in the wet. Don't have a speedo to back me up though.
     
  6. It varies depending on conditions but if its really wet I'm probably extra cautious and go slower:blush:
     
  7. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I reckon. Not by a huge amount, but still a bit quicker (provided you don't get the gusty weather that sometimes accompanies rain).

    Odd ride this morning, really, awful weather, and I disliked riding along in damp kit, but the ride itself was very enjoyable indeed...
     
  8. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    Yea i find when the road is wet you seem to glide a bit better.
    Brakes dont stop so well though.
     
  9. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Fall off easier in the wet.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I tend to slow a lot for corners in the wet so overall not much in it.
     
  11. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    It is a good idea.I really dislike falling off as apart from making a tit of myself it tends to hurt as well.
     
  12. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    does seem faster, less rolling resistance I suppose.
    However did have a slightly scary front wheel wobbly moment on a wet metal grate...
     
  13. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I sympathise - had a nasty one of these myself recently, on the turning into Wilmslow Station - hit the grate nearside, the wheel skidded, then hit the far end of the grate, which stopped the skid and allowed me to stay upright ;)

    I don't ride over that bit anymore. Ever.
     
  14. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Yep, definitely.

     
  15. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I slow down for horses.











    crap joke.