03 June 2012

Rain Gear Or Not?

It's been raining on and off today.  Meteorologists forecast more of the same for the next three days or so.  

My grandmother used to joke about "walking between the raindrops."  Has anyone ever cycled between raindrops?  I've ridden between bouts of rain.  In fact, that's what I did today.  

Whenever I've gone on a multi-day ride, I've brought rain gear with me.  Sometimes I'll bring it on a day ride.  But today I didn't bring any with me.  

Do you usually bring rain gear if you think there's a chance of getting wet?  Do you take your chances?  Or do you not ride in the rain at all?

Whether or not you ride in the rain, you've got to admire this cyclist's sense of style:

From Cyclingtops.com


  1. I ride to work. If rain is forecast for late in the day, I skip the gear and risk getting wet, b/c I can just strip down when I get home. If it's raining in the morning I'll wear rain gear, just so I can get to my first meeting or whatever w/o being completely drenched.

    If it's pouring I'll walk to work in my rain gear, just because I also enjoy walking from time to time (it's only 2 miles).

  2. MelissatheRagamuffinJune 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I have to admire the cyclists ability to maintain control of the bike AND hold an umbrella. I couldn't do that.

  3. MelissatheRagamuffinJune 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Hey Justine,

    I was going to send you an e-mail, but I couldn't find an e-mail addy on your blog. I want to pick your brain about step-through frames for a tall girl.

    My back has been bothering me, and I went through a couple of weeks where I couldn't throw my leg over my Surly. I started thinking of getting a step through frame, but basically, I want my Surly to be a step through frame.

    I looked at some options but couldn't come up with one that met all my requirements.

  4. I do have rain gear but as yet have never taken it out with me. Only once did I ever get caught in an horrendous "heavens opened" type of rain. If it ware raining when I left out then I would take it my rain gear, but usually I wait for rain to stop before leaving out.

  5. I look at the percent chance, the temperature, how long before the ride will be done and I go with or without rain gear. Once in a while I guess wrong. It comes with the desire not to carry extra junk.

  6. MelissatheRagamuffinJune 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    I rode in the rain this morning and my socks are still wet. :-/

  7. I live in Scotland where it is advisable to be prepared for all seasons on any day of the year! Two days ago I got soaked to the skin just getting in form my vegetable garden so would hardly ever go any real distance on my bike without being prepared. Makes day rides a pain sometime, especial when you have carried ballast all day for nothing...

    How to be prepared for rain, now that is one of lives biggest questions...

  8. One good thing about living in NYC is that there are places to duck for cover and wait out a passing shower. And, of course, there's the transit system.

    When I ride out of town for more than a day--or if the weather looks chancy--I carry a foldable rain jacket--unless it's a warm day, in which case I don't mind getting wet!