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Originally Posted by recumelectric
Thanks, Blazing Pedals. I'm assuming the one labelled wind-sock is just for visibilty, right?
New question. What happens when these various socks get soggy in the rain? Is there still any benefit or just an increase in weight?
Windsocks and tailsocks will just get soggy. A bodysock will keep some of the rain off of you, but you'd be surprised at what gets thrown up from underneath even with fenders.
An aside: from time to time there's a request for a "waterproof" bodysock. The bodysock users I know (I went riding with a half-dozen of them yesterday) will tell you this is impractical since:
A. Stretchy fabric tends not to be waterproof, and waterproof fabric tends not to be stretchy.
2. Waterproof fabric doesn't breathe well, and there's actually substantial ventilation through the fabric. Put a sweaty gym sock in a plastic bag for a week to experience what an unventilated bodysock is like.
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