The Mountain Bike Life

Showers. Drizzle. Cats and dogs. It doesn’t matter what you call it, rain is the Pacific Northwest’s favourite weather. The first big storm of fall arrived this week. Slippery roots, mud and water are now the riding norm for the months ahead. It’s our riding solstice, marking the beginning of Gortex and grit season.

Riding on the Sunshine Coast | Photo: CraigH

Riding on the Sunshine Coast | Photo: CraigH

Deep down, I’m a fair weather rider. A rainy day inspires day dreams of desert road trips, not sloshing around in my backyard. Rain means more clothes and more washing, more mud and more bike maintenance. Getting cold and wet is not as inviting as staying warm and dry. But when your backyard is a rain forest, you either ride or you don’t.

Misty forest, Sunshine Coast | Photo: Ina Hunt

Misty forest, Sunshine Coast | Photo: Ina Hunt

So I pull out the Gortex and wool socks and make the best of it. It usually turns out to be a good time and there’s nothing like breathing in fresh air scrubbed clean by rain. The cold, prune-toed body is soon forgotten after warming up from a post ride shower and drink. The body and soul feel good. The need for a ride trumped the desire to stay indoors.

Do you like to ride in the rain?

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