just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Depends on how proficient you are - how hard you can ride; how many watts you can generate. I get soaked on sunny days, too. Rain riding just means that you have to keep heating the water, so that means some wattage. I have no trouble down to about 35°F, even at a relaxed pace of 17 mph or so. The lower your wattage, the more important to use waterproof gear. I can't use anything waterproof, as I overheat badly. So shorts and polypro tights or just padded tights, weight depending on temps, on top a base layer, then a jersey of varying weight depending on temps, then a rain jacket, either something waterproof like Showers Pass or a water resistant microfiber like PI or Performance, or a PI or other wind vest. And booties and wool socks, and maybe chemical toe warmers. In warmer temps, summer jersey and shorts with arm and leg warmers.
The only real hassle is the extra time cleaning and lubing your bike and the chain, cassette, and chainring wear from the road grit. Fenders and mudflaps, if riding alone especially a front fender mudflap that comes almost to the road.
Rain riding is fun and only does a body good.