a question, but first a little background:
for the past five years i have been cyclocommuting 2-4 days a week. above freezing temps[no winters], no extreme weather conditions[very light rain is as bad as it gets otherwise im driving]. i have been riding various singlespeed[free and fixed] and various road bikes. commute distance is ~60km round trip and my average speed is ~30kmh. the route is extremely rough pavement and loads of terrible driving.
two weeks ago i decided i was going to sell my wifes car, give her my wagon and our family would go down to a single motor vehicle. this also puts my average weekly commute time to around 10hrs and ~300km. pretty exciting.
im an automotive technician and her jetta was probably the most well kept/maintained in the city so it sold quickly for full price to the first viewer.
proud of myself i decided i would purchase a new 'commute/rain bike'[n+1]. this would preserve my good bikes[justification #1] and allow me to do something none of my other bikes allow -- fenders and rack/panniers[justification #2]. a bike i could just cruise at 23-25kmh on days when im not up to hammering through traffic at speed[justification #3].
lucky to have friends who work at various LBS i ended up practically stealing a 2012 norco indie 4. its entry level and some of the parts are def spec'd terrible but my parts bin will sort most of that. drop bar setup is first on the menu...[...it begins, lol]
fenders, a rack and panniers were fitted and i rode the bike in torrential rain yesterday. soaked.
what are you all wearing to stay dry but not have your body temps soar? or do you all just get soaked through and clean up at work?