foul weather cycling

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spakbros
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If it’s not frigid I just ride sockless in really light shoes with dry shoes and socks in my bag, roll the pants up a bit, and wear my novarro water resistant light shell.

The shell allows me to only get damp in the arms, even in heavy rain and pants dry pretty quickly anyhow.

In the depths of winter I have a pair of goretex lined jeans, a hoody, aforementioned rain shell, awesome arctic gloves and eawarmers. That’s good enough for me.


Bikelove2010
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I’m signed up for the cold weather thing AND i’m going to the garage sale. Im hoping to get some good cold weather stuff for this winter.

Anyone know how early we should line up at the sale?


salty
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I was going to go buy a pair of rain pants but now I’m not so sure.

I can’t say enough about my Showers Pass jacket though. It was a gift, otherwise the price might have scared me off but it works incredibly well for both wind and rain. It’s really thin but all winter I’d just wear it over whatever shirt I was wearing (with gloves and earmuffs) and I was always warm. Being able to seal up the arm and neck openings makes a huge difference.

My pants were definitely soggy this morning though, it doesn’t bug me too much but all things being equal I’d rather be dry.


JZ
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Yeah, I find that more than anything else, having dry clothes (including socks and underwear) to change into at work is key for cold, wet days. For the most part, I can get my wet things pretty warm and dry by the time I’m headed home. I cheat, though, by hanging them in a room full of warm servers with a high volume of fast-moving air.


rsprake
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salty, which jacket do you have?

Bikelove2010, get there at least two hours early.


Swalfoort
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Somehow I can’t see my bicycle unfriedly employer taking too keenly to the idea of me spreading my wet undergarmets around the office to dry in wet weather. Might set bicycle relations back a few hundred years or so. That’s my new excuse for being a fair weather rider! Yes, that’s just the rationale I’ve been looking for! Thanks, JZ!


rsprake
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Ha. I have my wet socks from yesterday draped over my top tube.


sloaps
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I’m resigned in knowing that I’ll be wet either way, so I tend to wear as little as possible in the rain.

When it’s cold I wear wool, when it’s warm i wear nylon.


Mick
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I have to be somewhere and will miss the start of the REI garage sale on Saturday. If I’m looking for rain gear, is there any point at showing up there at 3 pm or so?


rsprake
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Mick, there is no point on showing up that late for something like that. You might get lucky with shoes if you’re an odd size.


rsprake
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For those who haven’t been before, the REI garage sale is great if your there early. I have walked out of there with $500 of gear for < $100. You can usually score at least a pair of lightly used or even brand new shoes for as cheap as $2. The pair of Keen shoes I have on right now I picked up for $9, they were returned the same day because a lace eyelet was broken. There are lots of tents, sleeping bags, packs, and some bigger items like canoes or strollers. Clothing is harder to find but you can get lucky. My North Face soft shell that I wear all winter was from a garage sale, $180 brand new, bought it for $40. It was returned because of some discoloration that you can’t really notice.

If you’re going to go, get there at least two hours early, if you can get there earlier do it.


Pseudacris
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Good thing Big Dog opens @ 7:30am

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@edmonds59: I’ve never tried neoprene anything. Do you think the kayaking socks would work with Keen summer sandals? That’s what I usually cycle in.


Lyle
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I’ll second the recommendation for neoprene socks. They’re not perfect, but they’re an interesting option. I use them with regular bike shoes, but I’m sure they’d work equally well with Keens.


edmonds59
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Neoprene socks would be awesome with sandals (purely functional here, no need for any stylewisey comments), you could easy stuff them in a seat bag in case the weather went to crap, and throw them on!


reddan
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Wool socks (I like Smartwool’s heavy ones) also work well w/ sandals. I wear the socks for most of my spring and fall morning commutes, then bare-toe it on the way home. Stylewisey, well, at least they’re black.

In the case of both wool and neoprene, ya gotta love a commuting footgear combo that dries out quickly.


Rimerman
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I recently purchased a pair of Novara Express rain pants, Showers Pass Club Pro rain jacket and a Novara Commuter backpack to deal with Fall/Winter commuting ($221 at REI). So far, all three have performed extremely well for me. It is nice arriving at the office and being completely dry and clean. I still need to get the hood attachment that Dwillen mentioned earlier, a pair of neoprene gloves, and a blinkie or two for when the clocks get moved back.


Pseudacris
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topping this thread for seasonal interest…


Erica
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rainy and (relatively) cold today, according to my computer anyway.


Pseudacris
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I had a lot of fun riding in the rain Monday. Only my feet and hair were wet. I ? fenders!


mr marvelous
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^ +1 for fenders. My ride in today was pleasant light drizzle and new rain gear. Only problem Panther Hollow was extra creepy in the dark this morning lots and lots of noises in the woods and from the field. Right out side the path of my light.


boostuv
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I need to figure out something for commuting to school this winter. No way in hell I’m paying $1000 for a parking pass when I live ~2.5 miles away.


orionz06
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Fighting the urge to put fenders on a road bike…


edmonds59
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I saw so many riders out commuting today downtown in spite of the weather! People geared up and just kept on going. I was giddy! I wasn’t, I was commuting by bus and shoe, but still, giddy!

Also, orionz, SKS Raceblade fenders – just stick on with little rubber bungees when needed, effective, very excellent, highly recommended.


brian j
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Fenders on a road bike are very, very good. Check out photos from the folks around Portland–tons of folks have full mudguards on blingy road bikes.


orionz06
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Anyone have any luck with the lower priced Performance Bike rain jackets? I am looking at my jerseys and polos I dedicated to commuting and I am not so sure something high dollar will hold up any better to the wear from a messenger bag.


dmtroyer
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I appreciate the cooler temps on rainy days to justify putting on the rain gear. otherwise I’ll get just as wet from sweat underneath.

fenders are indispensable, even with rain gear they’ll help keep road grime off your bike if nothing else.


Mick
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mr marvelous
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@ Orionz I have a Performance Bike rain jacket it used it last year held up just fine. The problem is wearing it is like having a heat lamp on you. You keep dry from the rain but you are soaked with sweat. I often ended up wetter than If I had no rain gear on, even in temps around 50-60 degrees


bikeygirl
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@Edmonds -YEah, I saw you! You looked good :)


edmonds59
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Ha, ha!, I was cheery, in the cool pleasant rain!


Marko82
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Without re-reading through all of the old posts, a suggestion is to make sure your rain gear has lots of venting -i.e. underarm zippers, back vents, etc. You will still get sweaty in warm weather, but venting perspiration helps a lot in remaining comfortable even in the winter.


pearmask
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+1 for pit zips. they are a required feature for any rain jacket i buy that will ever be worn during physical activity. they make a huge difference.


jkp1187
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Has anyone tried combining rain jacket + underarmour (or similar compression moisture-wicking shirt)? Wonder if that alleviates the sweat issue a little…


reddan
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@jkp1187: I’ve tried rain jackets with underarmour, wool, and polypro base layers…none of them really seemed to impact the sweat problem.

At this point, I prefer either a rain cape (for colder weather) or just wear wool and get wet.


Pierce
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I’ve got a $100+? jacket from Shower’s Pass with zippers and vents galore. It’s still pretty sweat inducing outside of winter.

Last winter I just wore it and some underarmor like stuff for the majority of winter and I never got cold

Speaking of bad weather… Today I made the huge mistake of not bring socks with me. I usually have a few pairs at work, but I took them back with me last Friday to wash and forgot to bring any back.

For the last three hours I tried wearing jersey gloves like partial socks, but then gave up and am just wearing my shoes without socks.

Also, got a flat tire and came into work about 30 minutes + a shower later than I wanted because once I got the tire off I couldn’t get enough grip on it to get that last little bit back over the rim. Then I decided to take the other side off and just ended up with the same problem on both sides. Also forgot that the sidewalls of rims get really dirty with non-disc brake setups


dmtroyer
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@pierce I loathe brake grime and started keeping nitrile gloves around the house and a pair in the saddle bag.


Vannevar
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Re the aesthetics of fenders on bikes, there was a line by BikeSnobNYC that went:

Here’s the argument for fenders: That stuff in the street you think is water is 3% urine.

That made a big impression on me.


icemanbb
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Without fenders or a rear rack there is nothing to keep the slushy “rooster tail” from getting your attention. On the plus side if it hits you right in the crack you know your saddle is straight.


argylepile
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I’m excited to get the fenders on my commuter–anyone have any tips/good resources for assistance in getting them on? Never done it before and I’m a little nervous about doing it right(though I hear it’s easy). Soooo any good resources?


dmtroyer
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@argyle planet bike’s instructions are about as succinct as they come.

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