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Getting wet in the rain.

Old 01-08-06, 02:11 PM
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Getting wet in the rain.

OK. I've got full fenders. I've got a waterproof shell (Performance "commuter jacket)

Typically, when it rains here it's never much lower than 50 degrees. If I wear ordinary cycling tights and forego "rain pants" how uncomfortable will I be after exaclty 13 miles (my commute to work). Are we talkng possible hypothermia, or will I just be wet. That would be fine since I just change into my work clothes anyway. I'm curious as to how one feels after 13+ miles in the rain.
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I've found that nothing is really going to be water-proof, and instead focusing on staying comfortable. For me, that turns out to be windproof stuff. Even when wet, you stay warm since the wind isnt cutting through you. I wear lots of Gore Windstopper fabric (gloves, jacket, tights) and it works great. With this setup and full fenders, I don't mind a 30 mile jaunt in the rain.
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Rain and 50 degrees is not really cold, it's mild. I don't think hypothermia would be an issue especially since you're riding. From my experience, which is <no rain pants but rain jacket quite a few times for about 10 miles>, you'll be wet but not really cold. I take a shower right after I get to or from work so it's not an issue for me at all. It also depends on what kind of climate you're used to.

Something you might want to consider is: are your tights going to be dry by the time you head home? Putting on wet clothes before a ride is really unpleasant.
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Originally Posted by peregrine

Something you might want to consider is: are your tights going to be dry by the time you head home? Putting on wet clothes before a ride is really unpleasant.
I usually bring an extra pair of cycling shorts for the ride home. Could easily pack extra leg warmers if it's cold, but seldom is the afternoon temp below 60 when it rains.

I'm mainly looking at extending my commute days to the ones where the weather report says "chance of showers."
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
OK. I've got full fenders. I've got a waterproof shell (Performance "commuter jacket)

Typically, when it rains here it's never much lower than 50 degrees. If I wear ordinary cycling tights and forego "rain pants" how uncomfortable will I be after exaclty 13 miles (my commute to work). Are we talkng possible hypothermia, or will I just be wet. That would be fine since I just change into my work clothes anyway. I'm curious as to how one feels after 13+ miles in the rain.
How fast are you riding? If you're riding at a strong training pace, thermal tights (e.g. Pearl Izumi Thermafleece) will keep you pretty warm even when wet. At a more casual pace, then maybe rain pants will be a good idea.
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