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Old 10-09-11, 10:12 AM
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Me vs. Rain

This morning I chose to ride in the rain for the first time. It was a great experience to say the least. We weren't prepared for the rain because we originally intended on a 77 mi ride with 1900ft of gain, but the rain and the fact that the other rider bailed made us change our mind. We rode to my friends house to grab some "rain gear", which consisted of one baseball training jacket and a windbreaker for him. Obviously not prepared at all.

The ride was windy and wet, it stung when we were facing the wind but the roads were empty and the climbs were harder because it seemed that we never really warmed up. We decided on a different shorter route because my friend couldn't ride his new project 1 due to his forgetfulness (left his shoes at work {LBS**), so he was riding an out of tune Bianchi that was a bit too large for him.

The ride ended great, my question to you is: What are you using when you ride in the rain? What kind of jacket works best, and as it warms up or the rain lets up, where are you putting the gear? I contemplating leaving the stuff in a hiding spot and picking it up later after the ride on my drive home.

I don't have a "rain bike", no warmers, no booties) My shoes and socks made it feel like I was clipped in to soup bowls.

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I like rainy rides occasionally. When the weather is warm, I just wear regular gear. Fall/spring rides, I have a high-viz yellow rain jacket.
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The ride ended great, my question to you is: What are you using when you ride in the rain? What kind of jacket works best, and as it warms up or the rain lets up, where are you putting the gear? ...

I don't have a "rain bike", no warmers, no booties) My shoes and socks made it feel like I was clipped in to soup bowls.
Depends on the temps. For 50's or higher, I usually wear shorts along with two jerseys and arm warmers. I do not wear a jacket. As temps drop, I add a lightweight windbreaker, leg warmers, and a balaclava (in that order). For rain in the 30's, I wear neoprene tights, booties, two jerseys, arm warmers, and a balaclava.

Even good quality rain jackets don't breathe enough. I am a Gore-Tex product tester and own at least 5 of their jackets (plus I test others). I love their stuff for snow sports, but I don't use it for cycling.

Trying to stay dry if you're out in the rain for any reasonable amount of time is an exercise in futility. If you spend hours out in the rain, you'll get wet so come to terms with that and figure out how to be warm and wet rather than dry.

The key to warmth is thin layers that create a microclimate close to you. In other words, the multiple thin layers provide just a bit of insulation which can easily be stuffed in your jersey pockets.
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it definitely didn't breath well (the jacket i was wearing). Living in GA, cold weather is relative. I ride 555-65 degree weather and cry like its 30
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I couldve worn a base layer and arm warmers and think I would've been fine for this ride.
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I couldve worn a base layer and arm warmers and think I would've been fine for this ride.
For 55-60, that's exactly what I take. If there's some risk that the temp will drop significantly, stuffing a lightweight windbreaker in a pocket isn't a bad idea even if you probably won't use it.

Think of this like other aspects of cycling. The people who don't ride as much are usually the ones who think they need all the extra padding in the seat, all kinds of doohickies attached to the bike, etc. With experience, they discover they need very little of that stuff. There is a similar situation with clothing.
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I just got this for rainy rides:



Louis Garneau Clean Imper Jacket from real cyclist.



Its a great rain jacket, perforated under the arms for breath-ability. I don't like rain rides in that cold weather though. That's why they sell trainers.
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Yeah, I quickly realized that the jacket was too much. I definitely appreciate going because I enjoyed it, and want to do it more. It was way more enjoyable than riding in 100 degree weather.
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I just got this for rainy rides:




Its a great rain jacket, perforated under the arms for breath-ability. I don't like rain rides in that cold weather though. That's why they sell trainers.
I got a Castelli jacket from Bonk but its definitely for colder dry weather I think, it has pockets in the rear and doesn't feel like it would fair well in the rain, so I left it at home.

I like that jacket, where did you get it, how much?
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
This morning I chose to ride in the rain for the first time. It was a great experience to say the least. We weren't prepared for the rain because we originally intended on a 77 mi ride with 1900ft of gain, but the rain and the fact that the other rider bailed made us change our mind. We rode to my friends house to grab some "rain gear", which consisted of one baseball training jacket and a windbreaker for him. Obviously not prepared at all.

The ride was windy and wet, it stung when we were facing the wind but the roads were empty and the climbs were harder because it seemed that we never really warmed up. We decided on a different shorter route because my friend couldn't ride his new project 1 due to his forgetfulness (left his shoes at work {LBS**), so he was riding an out of tune Bianchi that was a bit too large for him.

The ride ended great, my question to you is: What are you using when you ride in the rain? What kind of jacket works best, and as it warms up or the rain lets up, where are you putting the gear? I contemplating leaving the stuff in a hiding spot and picking it up later after the ride on my drive home.

I don't have a "rain bike", no warmers, no booties) My shoes and socks made it feel like I was clipped in to soup bowls.

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what do you want, a medal?
if you stopped right there you'd think that, but if you actually read to the end you'd know there was a question. The responses from others clearly indicate a medal was not what I wanted, but I clearly see you're only trying to get your post up close to pcads. congrats...you're one post closer
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
I got a Castelli jacket from Bonk but its definitely for colder dry weather I think, it has pockets in the rear and doesn't feel like it would fair well in the rain, so I left it at home.

I like that jacket, where did you get it, how much?

not expensive at all, like $25.00. Real cyclist. here:

http://www.realcyclist.com/louis-gar...er-jacket-mens

but it is just a shell rain jacket. not pockets, nicely vented though... roll it up and keep it in a pocket in it looks like rain when you start....
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not expensive at all, like $25.00. Real cyclist. here:

http://www.realcyclist.com/louis-gar...er-jacket-mens

but it is just a shell rain jacket. not pockets, nicely vented though... roll it up and keep it in a pocket in it looks like rain when you start....
thanks! ordered!
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if you stopped right there you'd think that, but if you actually read to the end you'd know there was a question. The responses from others clearly indicate a medal was not what I wanted, but I clearly see you're only trying to get your post up close to pcads. congrats...you're one post closer
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6999...progress...at this rate of banter I might catch up as well....
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6999...progress...at this rate of banter I might catch up as well....
Quit while you're ahead before the mods come in and have some fun. In addition to that, its botto.
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It's just a handlebar you idiot.










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Quit while you're ahead before the mods come in and have some fun. In addition to that, its botto.
Botto doesn't mean a thing to me...
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oh no, i mean nothing to a clueless newb. i'm crushed.
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i know, right?

time to say bye, bye. you're boring me.
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