riding through rain

If the radar looks like this, don’t despair:


Weather.com says it’s 36 deg F outside, and it was raining lightly on my commute this morning.  Tools I use to accommodate cold rain are these:

  1. Rain Suit or Poncho, the cheaper you go, the easier they tear.  The cheap stuff lasts me one season.
  2. Wooly hat under helmet
  3. Gloves, preferably waterproof.  Right now I have plastic bags to cover my fuzzy gloves, if necessary.
  4. Sunglasses.  Even though it’s cloudy, I don’t like stinging drops in my eyes.
  5. Fenders.  Today I used the SKS raceblade fenders, which are so-so in my opinion.
  6. Lights, duh.  
  7. Boots, see photo below
  8. If you’re miserable, sing a song, recite a poem, laugh.  It works, trust me. 


Boots + Powergrip straps = dry, warm, harmonious
Boots + Powergrip straps = dry, warm, harmonious

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3 thoughts on “riding through rain

  1. Kati says:

    Attitude is almost everything. You’ve certainly covered all points. # 8 is my favorite.

  2. I had never thought about wearing boots on a ride. Interesting idea. I can handle the cold but if you add rain…forget it.

  3. Dave says:

    Riding to work in the rain can be a pain; fenders are always key. However, after work I relish the rain falling against me.

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