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Lots of rain

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

We’ve had a lot of rain the past couple of days, and today was the first day I rode to work this week. I worked from home on Monday due to a migraine, and then yesterday the forecast said strong storms with possible hail and I decided it’d be better to drive. Then it rained on and off throughout the day but not at all during my morning or evening commutes. It was frustrating because I definitely could have ridden — but sometimes it’s better to be on the safe side, I guess. I really don’t enjoy riding in the rain for the most part, or at least I haven’t learned to enjoy it yet. It can be OK if it’s warm enough that the rain won’t make me cold.

This morning it was raining, but I rode anyway. We’ve also been having a heat wave, and temperatures in the 40s and 50s since Saturday. 44 degrees this morning felt quite warm. I wore my cycling-specific rain jacket, which I had forgotten I had. It helped keep the water off my upper body, but my legs still got pretty wet. I do have some better pants somewhere but I couldn’t find them so they must be dirty. Still, I haven’t found optimal pants to wear when it’s raining. My ride really wasn’t as bad as I expected. One of my coworkers saw me riding in and gave me a look of disbelief, which often happens when there’s snow. But I’ll take snow and ice over rain like this any day. Of course I may get to ride home in some of that this evening, if the forecast is correct.

Still, I’m convinced I can find a way to be more comfortable in the rain. I need better pants and a hat with a visor that’ll fit under my helmet to keep the rain off my glasses and out of my eyes. The rain jacket works pretty well and even has detachable sleeves, but in practice if it’s raining I find I need the sleeves. However that jacket does not breathe much so if it’s warm it gets too hot — and the fabric sticks to my arms unless I wear a long-sleeved layer under it.

4 Responses to “Lots of rain”

  1. texastwister Says:

    yep ! crazy looks for sure,i got off at 5 tue,well it starts raining a 4:55 one of the employees looks at me and said,”you better call for a ride”,i said one word “why?”,i always have the rain suit in the bottom of the backpack,its mis-matched suit but it works! i have been checking into a FROG brand suit

  2. Ian Says:

    In Toronto we see a few more bikes then most places when it’s snowing but us cyclists still get that look of ‘That guy must be crazy, and/or dead broke to ride in this.’
    I have a pair of rain pants I got from Mountain Equipment Co-op that are amazing. They are one of the few that while being 100% waterproof still breathes, so you don’t get overheated. I’ll find out the make and send you a link. (P.S. We had 10cm drop last night, and another 15cm starting now. Perfect for a jaunt around town.)

  3. robert Says:

    I’ve been using Rainlegs for the last 6 months or so and I have to say I’ve found them to be the best leg solution. I really disliked wearing rainpants as I always found them uncomfortable to ride in. The Rainlegs just cover the tops of your thighs and if you have fenders on your bicycle you’ll find, as I have, that that is sufficient.

  4. Marty Says:

    Big storms and a migraine – not a good combination. As a fellow migraine sufferer, I can sympathize with how much it sucks – I can barely imagine working (home or otherwise) with one. Hope the storms missed you fro the most part!

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