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Old 04-11-11, 06:04 PM
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First Ride in the Rain

So I took my new tires out into the rain for a fun ride. The cycling clothes and jacket were great but how do I see in the rain? My glasses got so foggy and covered in water. Also, my regular shoes got soaked. Will rain booties help at all? Are cycling shoes good at keeping water out?
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Wipe your glasses with a finger. Works for me. Actually I find that if I let my glasses get wetter, they're easier to see out of. Rain sheeting over them will still allow vision, and it'll clear the fog off. Fog on the glasses doesn't work.

I just let my feet get wet usually, but booties do help to some extent. My cycling shoes don't keep water out though they dry faster than regular shoes. I wear mountain bike shoes.
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Old 04-11-11, 06:43 PM
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I wear sandals. I keep my work shoes at work, so they don't get wet. The sandals will be dry for the ride home.
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I use the tall version of these but i might get the short ones too http://www.amazon.com/Tingley-Rubber.../dp/B0009HFONM

my glasses fogged when i stopped so I kept them further from my face. he airflow from biking cleared them. when i stopped for lights I wiped the inside and actually took them off, wiped my face then put them on just before taking off. wipe the outside while your riding with the backside of your hand by the thumb. that part of good gloves is made for that purpose, or wiping sweat from your brow
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Old 04-11-11, 07:15 PM
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It's not really the fogging but the millions of tiny rain drops obscuring my vision
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Old 04-11-11, 07:35 PM
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yeah, it takes some getting used to. experiment with different gloves and your wiping technique. hopefully you won't be riding through too many rainy days.
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Originally Posted by cyclist5 View Post
Also, my regular shoes got soaked. Will rain booties help at all? Are cycling shoes good at keeping water out?
Neoprene booties will keep your feet dry in light rain. In driving rain, they'll soak through.

As others suggested, in warm weather, wear sandals. In cooler weather, the only solution I've been able to come up with is waterproof boots with waterproof gaiters underneath waterproof pants.
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I got LL Bean Boots .. rubber with 6" leather uppers..
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A coating or two of Camp-Dry will help keep regular shoes dry. It's not perfect for long rides in heavy rain, but it's better than nothing and generally will work well enough in lighter rain.
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Originally Posted by cyclist5 View Post
So I took my new tires out into the rain for a fun ride. The cycling clothes and jacket were great but how do I see in the rain? My glasses got so foggy and covered in water. Also, my regular shoes got soaked. Will rain booties help at all? Are cycling shoes good at keeping water out?
1- I rode with glasses for a long time. As it rains often here, they fogged up nearly every ride and I hated it. Then, I had Lasik and haven't looked back.

2- When I ride in the rain, even with waterproof boots or waterproof shoe covers on, my feet get wet. That's because I'm not wearing waterproof pants (usually) and the rain runs down my legs/tights into my socks. The water then wicks into my shoe. I have good rain pants but I don't like to wear them. I'm considering getting a decent pair of over-the-calf gaiters to help with this. The one's I've looked at are H2 Snow Gaiters. They're the only cotton duck gaiters I can find. Shipping is 10 GBP to the US.
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Originally Posted by cyclist5 View Post
So I took my new tires out into the rain for a fun ride. The cycling clothes and jacket were great but how do I see in the rain? My glasses got so foggy and covered in water. Also, my regular shoes got soaked. Will rain booties help at all? Are cycling shoes good at keeping water out?

1. Wear a baseball hat or a golf visor under your helmet. Either will keep rain from collecting on your goggles. Get a cheap pair of plastic goggles from Home Depot or Lowes and drill four 1/16-1/8" holes across the top of each lense. Works real well in allowing heat to escape keeping the lower part clear.

2. Neoprene booties wont keep your feet dry, but will keep wet feet warm. Get a pair of gaiters. They help alot. Stuff paper towels in your wet shoes as they'll dry faster. The best for keeping water off one's feet are full-coverage fenders w/mudflaps on the end.

3. Cycling shoes in and of themselves wont help keep one's feet dry even if they're made w/Gore-Tex. When drying them just remember to pull the insert and stuff the toes w/a/ paper towel like I mentioned earlier.

All that being said nothing really works 100% in keeping one dry in moderate to heavy rain. Rain gear just minimizes the difficulty of cycling during inclement weather.
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If its raining really bad I use large ziplock bags over my shoes. Otherwise I will ride in an old pair of shoes I don't care about.

Eventually you will get used to the water droplets on your glasses.

Also beware of having to much product like gels or spray in your hair or caps with to much detergent. I was caught in a downpour coming home and I could barely keep my eyes open because they were burning so much.
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I use fenders on any bikes that'll see rain, full-length ones of course with a mudflap to help keep the feet dry. In winter and cold spring I wear large waterproof boots. Galoshes seem like the best thing to wear if you don't do the clipless thing. I have massive galoshes that I use for construction, and they are 8" high, but with full fenders I think regular overshoe-style galoshes would keep most folks happy.

I also want a better rain cape... I think I'd be happy dressed like these guys when it's raining.

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Old 04-12-11, 04:26 PM
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I don't mind getting wet because I ride fast. But I do mind not being able to see. And I worry about what happens when it's cold/freezing rain
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Since I ride in Florida, I don't have to worry too much about cold and wet. It is usually just wet. I don't wear glasses. I wear contacts and have not had a problem even is a steady rain. People at work ask me what I'm going to do if it is raining. I tell them "I'll get wet" As far as the shoe thing, I have two pairs of running shoes. If one gets soaked in the driving rain, I wear the other pair the next day.
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Yup, a cap-brim is the answer to the glasses problem. A wool ballcap works great, and I'd be willing to be a cycling cap would work as well.

They don't make clipless shoes in my size (EEEEEEE width), and I'm terrified of the very idea of clipless, so I wear waterproof walking shoes and wool socks. The shoes keep my feet mostly dry, and the wool socks dry off darn quick, and wick water away from my feet, keeping them toasty but not steamy.
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