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Old 05-09-09, 08:43 PM   #1
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What is the recommended apparel for riding in the rain? I am looking at my first distance ride and wondered what someone would recommend? ie....special jersies, pants or rainsuit?
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Old 05-09-09, 09:36 PM   #2
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Showers Pass rain jacket.
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Old 05-10-09, 09:33 AM   #3
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If it is reasonably warm, I always ride in the rain with no rain gear.

If it is rather cold, I use an inexpensive rain suit that I got from Performance on sale (store brand) years ago. It is nylon so it does not breathe much. But it works pretty well in sub 60 degree weather. Also, it is expendable enough that I don't worry if it gets a little grease on it or tar or other unsightly things. I would think they still sell them.

All sorts of things work pretty well on the upper body. Rain pants are good in cold, heavy rains because the wheels throw up lots of water and that continues for some time after the rain stops.
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Been riding a few years so have plenty of topcoats for rain. Starting at the bottom a showerproof that is just that- heavy rain will go through it. A pertex for Misty conditions but this is not waterproof. A Polaris smock that is waterproof and warm- mainly for winter rides but it does not keep heavy rain out . Then there is the goretex- completely water proof and expensive.

If rain is expected- I look to see how heavy it will be. Light showers in warm conditions and probably don't use anything.

So how much rain and how heavy? If I am unsure then it is the Goretex.

And for the legs. Unless it is Muddy- Raining hard or cold rain- I just wear shorts. Otherwise I use ordinary unpadded cycling tights just to keep the dirt or stinging rain or cold off the legs.
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