Good evening ladies and gentlemen!
I have a few varied questions for you (well okay, two, kinda...)
I've just moved house and begun cycling to work daily. It's a 50 minute trip along the wonderful Fallowfield Loop, and I love it. Plus, it saves so much money on travel that I really can't afford to waste, and is the only exercise I get because I am usually too lazy for my own good!
The problem is, I don't think I've got the right gear. See, when it's not raining and it's not cold, a t-shirt and some jogging bottoms are fine. I get a little sweatty, but not enough that it matters.
I work in an office, so I have to change into my suit when I get to work, and look/smell presentable. I'd rather not take extra time having a shower at work unless I have to! So far the weather's been quite nice except for a day or two, but it won't be decent forever (I'm looking at black skies right now....).
On the days that it rains, I've got a waterproof cycling jacket and trousers that I picked up a few years ago from some big outdoor retailer (I forget their name right now....if you're in the UK you can probably guess who I mean anyway!).
They're light and thin and made of some sort of plasticy material, and so they keep the rain out excellently. The only problem is, they keep the heat and sweat in just as well! And by the time I get to work, I'm drenched in sweat. It's literally pouring out of the wrists of the jacket.
So, to my first question! What sort of cycling clothing is waterproof, but also allow heat and moisture to escape so that I'm in a decent state by the time I get to work (and also not super uncomfortable on my cycle, I don't want to spend 2 hours a day feeling like crap, lol)?
My second question is a bit simpler. I have a mountain bike, the same one I've had since high school, about 11 years ago. I've looked after it as best I know how and it runs just fine, but I see everybody else whizzing past me on thinner lighter looking bikes. What sort of bike may best benefit me on this commute? There is one caveat, I have to be able to mount my somewhat sizeable laptop bag on the back of the bike, I've been using bungee cords, they're great for attaching stuff!