LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A surprise spring soaking may have made the morning commute rough for drivers on Tuesday, but it did little to deter bicycle enthusiasts from taking to the streets.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports a lot of people went to work on bicycles as part of Bike Week L.A. — and for the dedicated riders it was more about making a statement about alternate transportation.

From an half-inch of rain along the coasts to nearly 1.5 inches in the foothills, the wet weather wasn’t nearly wet enough to dampen the events sponsored by the L.A. County Bike Coalition.

Some riders even called the commute refreshing and invigorating — if also a little bit slippery.

Commuters like Jose, who drove 35 miles into town, said the downpour was both safe and speedy.

“It went pretty good, coming from Santa Clarita,” he said.

And if it saves these cyclists the cost paying an average of $4.20 per gallon to fill up their gas tanks, the commute could end up trimming their waistlines instead of their wallets.

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