Good morning gang!
The forecast has improved ever so slightly -- still rain but lighter -- and while we're still deciding; it appears we are riding and abbreviated route to the Soccer tournament.
**IMPORTANT: CHECK THE RIDELINE - 315-624-7433 - AFTER 6:30; WE MAY YET ABANDON THIS PLAN.
TIME; TEMP; DEW POINT; RH; SKY; WIND
9:00 am 50 °F 48 °F 91% Chance of Rain 4 mph SE
10:00 am 50 °F 47 °F 89% Rain 5 mph SE
11:00 am 51 °F 47 °F 87% Chance of Rain 6 mph SE
UNIFORM OF THE DAY: Moisture managing - inside and out.
ON TOP: I'd suggest a wicking base layer under a lightweight long sleeve insulating layer with your bike jersey as the outer layer. You’ll want to have your rain jacket...ON. You may also wish to have a bandana (du rag) or cap.
BELOW THE WAIST: I’d go with bike shorts (you may want knee or leg warmers) or 3/4 length (Capri’s) bottoms. Rain pants over bike shorts if you have them. You’ll want your mid-weight wool or synthetic socks; may want glove liners under your bike gloves.
HELPFUL HINT: Some baby wipes; a towel and something loose and dry to change into with dry socks will be handy to have in the car for post ride warmth.
AS ALWAYS: Have your RoadID, shades (clear or light lens), sunblock, lip balm and a snack or two; two water bottles — one full with water; one with some sports drink — or more water if you're bringing energy chews or "bloks" as snacks - see "Fuel" post below. (3/29).
DON[T FORGET YOUR MEDS: If you use an inhaler or epi-pen, please have them with you. You may want to let Dr. Ritter and Dr. Rubin know you have them aboard.
DON'T FORGET YOUR HELMET...IT'S A MUST!
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LIGHTS, FORE AND AFT, IF YOU HAVE THEM.
Please have a spare inner tube, some tire levers and a means to inflate the tube should you need to use it. Speaking of inflation of tires; please top them off before arriving — check the sidewall but most of you will be looking for somewhere around 100 - 120 PSI. If you're not sure about this part; please bring your pump in the car with you.
REMEMBER: SAG SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE BUT THEY WILL HAVE MINIMAL SPACE FOR GEAR - so please plan for items you can wear or stuff easily in your saddlebag or pockets.
"...Let it rain, let it rain,
Let your love rain down on me
Let it rain, let it rain,
Let it rain, rain, rain...."
from "Let It Rain"
by Eric Clapton