Last edited by cshah1016; 03-21-11 at 12:10 PM.
As for dealing with "down there" -- and I assume you don't mean Australia! -- have you tried padded bike shorts? I find that they make a tremendous difference to my comfort. Try to wash them everyday. Or take two or even three so you don't have to do daily laundry.
One of my counter-intuitive comfort things is to wear a long sleeved cycling jersey. It is much cooler than wearing cotton, and the long arms protects the skin on your arms from the hot June sun -- hopefully, you will have many sunny days!
Bring rain gear. I hitchhiked through Ireland in June a few years ago. The weather forecasts are pretty useless for Ireland.
I would bring "Performance century cycling shorts", they are very comfortable and on sale for $29 right now.
It's a great country and you will love it.
There seemed to be a bike shop in most towns.
Thanks! I actually picked up a waterproof jacket and a pair of padded shorts earlier today, but I'm considering buying a second and third pair of the latter once I get there (probably cheaper?). The advice is much appreciated.
I would carry more than just a jacket for rain protection. Ireland can be a pretty soggy country. I would include rain pants and shoe covers. Also you can expect some chilly days, even in the summer. Also make sure its breathable. Plastic raingear will leave you just as wet on the inside.
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Rain gear (breathable), wool socks, helmet. I have visited the part of Ireland twice and done a lot of hiking while there. The roads are very narrow with no shoulder in most places and often rock walls right along the road edges. Wear bright clothes and use a good tail-light. It is beautiful country but be careful as the roads were designed for horses & buggies.
Bike shorts are worn without underwear and must be clean every day. I take 2-3 pairs on tour.
Breathable raingear is essential. A more breathable thin windproof could be just as useful when its not raining or just "soft*". Even expensive goretex gets clammy. I use a simple ultralight polyester windproof pullover.
Gloves are useful when you are riding but essential when you are falling.
Take a selection of short-sleeve and long sleeve jersies with you, they dont need to be cycling specific but it better to avoid cotton and use synthetics.
It can get cool and wet and some form of leg protection may be needed. Use sports leggings/tights, legwarmers or ultralight showerproof over-pants.
* A soft day is one where there is misty rain in the air but its not going anywhere, even down.
I live on the west coast (south of your route) and would agree with the previous posts. I find it most comfortable to go long sleeves and long tights/pants. Of the eight years I have lived here, we had one June that was dry, the rest have been very wet - wetter than April and September (the driest months of the year). Wool socks are dead on - very helpful. I usually wear the jacket with a long sleeve absorbing shirt underneath. That'll do you!
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