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Old 12-16-06, 06:00 PM
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Rain Gear Recommendations

I'm looking for some recommendations for rain gear, particularly a decent jacket. Any recommendations for the legs? Some type of tights or rain pants? Just get soaked and live with it?

Also, do many of you have a separate set of tires/wheels for slogging around, or do your regular tires do a reasonable job of keeping you upright?

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I have a Burley rain jacket that I really like a lot. I've got the pants that go with the jacket, but I usually just wear shorts in the rain and get soaked. I have a set of touring rims with 28's that I can put on, but I really just try to avoid riding in the rain and my normal wheels w/ 23's work fine.

I just put my fenders on the bike for the rain. I really hate getting mud all over me. Some people call them dorky, but I like the look, and they work wonders.
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Old 12-16-06, 07:18 PM
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For those of us who sweat a lot raingear is mostly useless unless it is really pouring. In light rain I am just as wet under the jacket as I would be without it. A jacket can still help with getting chilled depending on the temperature.
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For light showers I use my windbreaker, for heavier rain I use a Burley rain jacket. Since temperatures don't go below 50 when it's raining in Southern California, I don't bother with rain pants and just use my tights. I also have some Burley shoe covers.
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The best jacket I have used is the Patagonia Rain shadow jacket.. It keeps you dry and breathes pretty well. Small enough to fit in a jersey pocket.. If it is raining hard I would just wear a poly rain cape for maximum dryness in wet weather.. The rain cape doesn't breathe that well but will keep you dry in a downpour..

https://www.altrec.com/shop/detail/21539/

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1130
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I saw a couple of people on the SGRT yesterday wearing garbage bags.
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Old 12-17-06, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by lsits
I saw a couple of people on the SGRT yesterday wearing garbage bags.

Yeah...that was interesting...but I guess it worked....
I guess you need to use the one with the red pulls so you can tighten it up??
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Old 12-17-06, 11:40 AM
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For light drizzles my optik lightweight windbreaker keeps me reasonably dry.
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I've been pretty happy with some low end gore tex jackets and pants. I have a nashbar goretex jacket (as seen in the san gabriel river trail thread) and some nashbar goretex pants that I didn't wear for that ride. It's my second nashbar jacket-- I really beat the hell out of the first one and it finally stopped being water repellent in various places (like the cuffs). The new one doesn't have as many nice vents and zippered pockets and things, but it's been fine. I've worn both the jacket and pants in some pretty torrential downpours and been pretty happy, except for my feet, which I now keep dry with sealskinz socks.

I have some sealskinz gloves, too, but they've gotten a bit smelly, so I avoid them. I have some Louis Garneau full finger gloves that seem pretty water repellent and are warmer than the sealskinz.
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Old 12-18-06, 10:55 AM
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Cool, now I've got some stuff to try out!
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