Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - What raingear?
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05-18-10, 08:59 AM
I'm planning on a tour this July, essentially 5 100k's in a row making a 6-day 350 mile (560 k) week with one off-day. It's sagged, but the crew will go on rain or shine. For luggage I'm planning a front bag and either a large saddle pack (prob Carradice or Minnehaha), or a set of smallish rear panniers. I'll need to carry weather gear and road equipment, but not extra clothing or a sleeping bag.
What's a good buy in raingear? Jacket, pants, possibly booties; dry/minimal leakage, ventilating, freedom of motion, light/easy to pack, decently rugged, possibly a hood on the jacket for when I get off the bike. I could see the need to live in them 8 hours a day, if the weather be really not good.
I'm asking you folks rather than the touring crowd, because 1) there's a decent amount of overlap, and 2) I'll use the same stuff when I kick off my brevet career. It's much more likely I'll go off on my own to ride long days than taking many more multi-day camping tours.
05-18-10, 10:43 AM
Warm weather riding, which to me means 58F and up, I generally skip the rain gear all together. I run a wool jersey and socks with a mesh backed wind-proof front vest. For gloves I run what I brung. A rain hat is nice to have, especially if you wear glasses. I also run fenders most of the time but always if rain is expected and they make a huge difference in keeping your feet and legs comfortable. If I have long descents coming in the day, I'll try to obtain a newspaper to stuff between my jersey and vest. You'd be surprised how much difference those few layers of newspaper make!
For cold rain I use a Showers Pass Elite jacket and rain legs along with the wool socks, wool knee warmers, wool arm warmers, and I add wool glove liners inside long fingered cycling gloves.
As you can tell, I don't really try to stay dry, I just try to stay warm. The only difference between touring rain gear and brevet rain gear for me is that I'll haul an extra set of clothes when I'm touring because it is really nice to be able to switch to dry clothes each day.
I agree with Heckboy on all, only I would add a goretex waterproof socks and latex disposable gloves over wool liners on colder rainy days. I gave up looking for shoe covers that keep your feet dry in rain.
05-18-10, 11:25 AM
For warm weather, I have some toe covers and an Endura rain jacket. If it's really raining hard, I like to have a jacket. I'm talking about a lightweight, waterproof jacket that folds into its own pocket. I know people that swear by Rainlegs. I don't mind riding in warm rain for 100k though, so YMMV.
05-18-10, 01:01 PM
For cold and rain, I have a Showers Pass Touring jacket. I'll wear a smartwool helmet liner, wool jersey for insulation, PI Cyclone gloves, PI Gavia Plus insulated tights, and some Gore booties to keep my feet warm and dry-ish.
For warmer weather, I'll typically skip the jacket and just wear wool. I have a tyvek jacket I'll put on for long descents to block the wind.
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