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    Looking for waterproof cycling shorts

    Do you guys know a few of the best cycling shorts that are best used on rainy days. I don't mind getting my legs wet but at least I want my butt and knees dry. OH and I don't want those tight lycra, bib or whatever you call them tight shorts. I want those baggie ones that are acceptable in public.

    BTW I see lots of bike rain jackets online but don't seem to come with a hoodie. How the heck is one supposed to protect his/her head?

    Thanks! All that's left is waterproof shoe covers...

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    >BTW I see lots of bike rain jackets online but don't seem to come with a hoodie. How the heck is one supposed to protect his/her head?

    Some people swear by shower caps over the helmet. I'd rather have a wet head.

    Fwiw, wearing a hood on a bike cuts down your visibility badly - I hate it.

    Also, are you wearing a helmet? I find with mine I don't get too unbearably wet, even with water coming in the vents...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chansnewbike View Post
    Do you guys know a few of the best cycling shorts that are best used on rainy days. I don't mind getting my legs wet but at least I want my butt and knees dry. OH and I don't want those tight lycra, bib or whatever you call them tight shorts. I want those baggie ones that are acceptable in public.

    BTW I see lots of bike rain jackets online but don't seem to come with a hoodie. How the heck is one supposed to protect his/her head?

    Thanks! All that's left is waterproof shoe covers...
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    just wear your speedo and combine sports, you could call it cyclo-laps or something...

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    Rain pants with cycling shorts underneath. I could not imagine how anyone could make waterproof shorts. Even if the material is waterproof water will come up from the roadway through the bottom of the shorts.

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    Try these

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    I have found lycra tights for cooler weather that do a great job of keeping you dry. Better than rain proof pants actually, because they breath. So, why can't they use the same material for shorts and warmer weather cycling. ? I agree. I'd rather have dry bike shorts for the reason it would reduce chafing. / Most warm weather cyclists I've talked to say they like riding in warm rains. I am not so sure.
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    Warm rains are a blast but it helps if you have low humidity in your area to dry out quickly. Staying wet for a while leads to chaffing issues.

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    The thing about water is that it will find it's way in. If there is such a thing as baggy waterproof shorts, water from your unprotected lower leg is going to run into your shoes.

    The other problem with rain gear is that it's hard to make a material that keeps rain out but doesn't keep heat in. That's fine when it's cooler but in the summer it's often more comfortable just to wear stuff that dries quickly. Rain gear may keep most of the water out but the sweat will get me as wet as the rain would and I end up being both hot and wet instead of just wet.

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    If your clothes are waterproof you will sweat and defeat the purpose of wearing them. I have rain pants and they are incredibly sweaty. I would only wear them in near freezing rain. If you are commuting, the driest, least sweaty option is a cape. As Stevage said you don't want a hood, because it limits visibility. Get a helmet cover.

    Here's my earlier thread on my rain cape:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...pe#post4332005

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    How are shorts going to keep your knees dry?

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    I would just wear cycling shorts, and then change into "socially acceptable" shorts when I reach my destination. In transit, the "normal" shorts sit in a waterproof plastic bag. Or you could wear a bathing suit, I guess, although that will probably chafe a nice hole through your ass.

    I usually just get wet when I'm riding in the rain. If I have a destination, the conversation usually goes like "You're wet." "It's raining." and then we have a good chuckle. Why do you care what other people think, especially when they're not actually thinking what you think they're thinking?

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    If you're wearing shorts and shoe covers, the rain is going to run down your legs right into the top of your shoe covers and get your feet soaked anyhow.

    If you're just looking for rain protection to keep your shorts/behind dry, consider fenders to keep the spray off you and a pair of Rain Legs cycling chaps to keep dry on top. Then you can just take them off when you get where you're going.

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    fenders and a rain cape keep me mostly dry although i just use a rear fender...need to get some of those raceblades for the really wet days

    wear something that wont take forever to dry...when my shoes get soaked i just stuff them with newspaper and that takes all the moisture right out of them

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    Why would a rain jacket come with a hoodie?

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    Lycra is your friend, but you're no friend to lycra.

    So...supplex shorts over lycra?

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    that's just weird and gross

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    I wear mid-weight lycra tights -they're thicker than typical tights, and do a good job of keeping me warm. Dry? No way - once you get wet, you're going to stay wet, whether from the inside or outside of the clothes. It's my feet that get cold, so in wet weather, it's wool socks and sealskins. The shoes are going to get wet no matter what.
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    Waterproof = sweaty. Might as well get wet, then change into dry clothes when you get where you're going. The rain cape seems like a great idea; I'll have to try one sometime.

    I've learned that I can't see s*** when my head's wet, so I need to wear the helmet with the snap-on rain cover whenever I think it'll rain.

    Get fenders, too, if you don't already have 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chansnewbike View Post
    Do you guys know a few of the best cycling shorts that are best used on rainy days. I don't mind getting my legs wet but at least I want my butt and knees dry. OH and I don't want those tight lycra, bib or whatever you call them tight shorts. I want those baggie ones that are acceptable in public.

    BTW I see lots of bike rain jackets online but don't seem to come with a hoodie. How the heck is one supposed to protect his/her head?

    Thanks! All that's left is waterproof shoe covers...
    I don't know dude, I'm thinking a car for you on rainy days.

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    Endura brand Event Knickers, they also make a goretex cycling short.

    I have the knickers, but only for use in freezing rain IMO.

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    Skip the chamois

    Quote Originally Posted by Chansnewbike View Post
    Do you guys know a few of the best cycling shorts that are best used on rainy days.
    If you can, skip the biking shorts with chamois on the rainy days. Just wear synthetic underwear and light synthetic shorts. They'll dry faster and not chafe too much.

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    How the heck is one supposed to protect his/her head?
    Helmet cover.

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    for your head/helmet you might try a cheap motel style clear shower cap, that combined with a high collar cycling specific rain jacket should do just fine
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