Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: North shore of Mass.
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I bike commute so I often ride in the rain. One of my bikes is an all weather bike it has fenders, disc brakes and is a cyclocross frame which alows for wider (and studded) tires.
If there is a combination of two or more of the following elements (down pouring rain, high wind, below freezing tempertures, snow) I usually drive to work. Otherwise I ride.
The only thing special I would like in the way of equipment for rain would be a set of gators that cover the tops of my bike shoes. My shins and feet get soaked and usually with a gritty, oily water mixture. It sucks.
Rainjackets are nice when it rains and is cold but on warm days I'm usually wet from sweat anyways so I just wear my vest.
Having lights (I leave for work at 4am) really helps make you visable to cagers.
Riding in the dark when it's raining can be especially daunting, when water pools or runs, you can't tell how deep t is. You might hear a car coming and decide to cross a stream of water to get closer to the edge of the road only to find that the stream is covering a foot deep pot hole right where you cross it. "Up; up and awaaaay."