I know there's been a million questions about rain, but I thought I'd add mine to the pile.
Cold doesn't bother me at all (I *love* snow rides), but serious thunderstorms like what are coming in tomorrow do. I live in tornado alley, and while it's not tornado season, we get some nasty storms (straightline winds, etc.).
I'm not going to be able to commute tomorrow due to major storms and a lack of fenders. In dry weather, I use my fixie for commuting but in crummy weather, I use my cross country bike. I generally bolt a rack on as my panniers are more waterproof than my messenger bags.
"I told you all of that to ask you this."
Can anyone suggest some fenders for a mountain bike ('04 Gary Fisher Wahoo) that can be easily removed? What about a rack with a simmilar approach? I currently have a "Bor Yueh" (sp?) rack and I love it, but it's sometimes a pain to take on and off.
I'd rather not put the fixie through any terrible conditions as I just finished building it and I'm a little attached to it. I still use the xc bike for rides during the week and on the weekend, hence the need for some sort of quick removal of parts.
Secondly, how bad is rain for a bike? I've heard a lot of people say that it can seriously damage a bike. That or snowy conditions.
Last, but not least, what do most of you do for keeping your feet dry? I've got some mesh topped Answer Palisades that I actually put fleece lined toe covers over to help a bit. On particularly wet days, I stuff some cling-wrap down in them. If you think that's ghetto, I use a shower cap as a helmet cover!
I jumped into commuting a few months ago a little un-prepared, but I love it. I've got a bmx (childhood) and mountain biking background, so it was just a natural extension of my usual rides. I worry about messing up my XC bike by taking it through rain/snow because I'm not ready to purchase another bike. I think my girlfriend would kill me if I bought another, I've already got 3!
Thanks for your time, and I apologize for rambling. It's pretty late and I'm a little bummed that I can't ride to work tomorrow!