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Old 10-23-13, 03:35 PM   #1
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Taking off wet layers after biking in the rain

Scenario: It's raining steadily and I want to bike to a meeting, restaurant or event. What would you recommend in terms of types of outerwear as well as where to put the sopping wet outerwear once arriving?
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Old 10-23-13, 03:52 PM   #2
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I would think a raincoat with rain pants would keep you dry and take a bag to put it in when you get to your meeting. Take plastic shopping bags to put over your shoes and i would think you would be ready to go :-)

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Old 10-23-13, 09:33 PM   #3
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I would think a raincoat with rain pants would keep you dry and take a bag to put it in when you get to your meeting. Take plastic shopping bags to put over your shoes and i would think you would be ready to go :-)

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Thanks. I'm thinking of getting a waterproof book bag or messenger bag to put wet rain pants in upon arriving at the destination. Maybe I could carry a large plastic bag to stuff the pants in, then put them in the waterproof bag. A divider would be nice to separate the wet rain gear from other dry items.
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Old 10-24-13, 02:44 AM   #4
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I wear lightweight rainpants over my suit . My normal waterproof jacket is fairly normal looking.
Most places have a coat hook to hang stuff on.
If a backpack is too casual, you can get bike panniers or laptop-style bags.
I leave the helmet locked to the bike, get a helmet with holes big enough for the purpose.
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I wear a poncho, which can be shaken off, and rolled wet side in. I have a buddy of mine uses "ass-less chaps" aka Rainlegs.

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I wear a quality rain jacket and pants over my regular clothing and keep a small waterproof stuff sack inside my waterproof pannier to separate my dry items from the wet outerwear. The waterproof stuff sack is certainly more costly than a plastic bag, which can be had for free. But if dryness is critical (I also carry my laptop in my pannier), a waterproof stuff sack is more durable and thus more dependable.
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Biggest tip too is wear all synthetics. Shedding outer nylon layer with fleece or wicking as the next layers. If you avoid cotton as much as possible the clothing will dry more easily and also feel better to wear when wet too.
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Bring in your own place to hang up your wet clothes ?



I have my cycle Rain Cape and a rain Hat.. so I can arrive Fairly Dry..

But if you want to Impress the others when you arrive at the restaurant that you are a person of substance

in Lawyer heavy Washington D.C., I too recommend a Taxi..

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But if you want to Impress the others when you arrive at the restaurant that you are a person of substance

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I have reached the age where I may wear purple. I feel no compelling need to impress anyone.
I use a J&G rain jacket and Rainmates.
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Maine is not DC. [Neither is the Oregon Coast] Staffers may not have to wear suits,
but lots of DC is Lawyers, they do ..

Only wear a suit at Funerals , myself.
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Google "overshoes" or "galoshes" for your shoes. I have two kinds, a small pair for light splashes or days when it's not that wet and a heavy pair that look like boots for days it's pouring or tons of snow. They work really well.
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