Hello, Winter! Or is it fall? Here in Oregon it’s all kind of the same: rain.
While it may seem crazy to head out into the blustery weather on two wheels, with the right gear you can stylishly arrive at your destination without hassle – and dry as a bone.
We’ve put together this handy guide to gear to help you ride through the rain.
Invest in good gear
Having the right gear makes all the difference in the world. Invest in quality gear that will stand the test of time and last you for many years to come. At minimum, you need FULLY waterproof pants, a jacket, gloves and shoe covers (booties). Each of those items could be its own topic, so we won’t get into that just yet, but stay tuned as we’ll be covering gear more in future articles.
Just wear it
The sky looks decent, you’re tempted to take the risk and head out the door sans rain pants. Nah, don’t bother. In Oregon, with our on-again-off-again rain, it’s not worth it. Just put on the gear and enjoy the ride.
Plan extra time
Why run into your meeting dripping and frazzled? Pad in an extra 15 minutes – to suit up and de-suit. When you arrive at your destination, that party or meeting, duck into the restroom, remove your gear, and straighten your clothes. Take a deep breath, grab a drink of water, and pat yourself on the back. You look good, you’re dry, and you’re much healthier, happier and stronger for it.
Tuck your gear away and waltz into the room with class.
Designate a gear storage spot and air out your gear
When you get home at the end of the day, you may be dripping wet on the outside. Designate a place where you can hang your gear all winter long. You want an area that is warm enough to help your gear dry over night and where it’s easy to grab it in the morning. When you can see your gear, you’re more likely to bite the bullet and suit up for a ride.
Airing out your gear when you’re not wearing it is one of the best things you can to to help the fabric last longer. It will stay cleaner and less stinky this way. You want to avoid having to wash it too often.
Biking in the rain can be exhilarating and refreshing, but it can also be exhausting. Take the time to reward yourself for a job well done. Drink an extra beer, having another brownie, put off cleaning the house – whatever it is, do something special for yourself. You’ve earned it.
Take care of your gear
Wash your gear as necessary – but not too often – according to the tag. Excessive washing can degrade the fabric and reduce its rain repelling power. Don’t use the dryer as it will damage most gear. Turn jackets inside out with all zippers closed. Add extra detergent to stinky wrist cuffs. Consider using detergents and re-coating agents specifically designed for your type of gear. When in doubt, consult with the manufacturer.
How do you ride through the rain?
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