There are two reasons I love waking up to the sound of rain against my window. The first is that I don’t mind getting on with work, when it’s pouring down with rain. The second, is that I’m always eager to get out my winter cycling gear.
Here’s what I’m using in my arsenal against the weather this year…
I’m a minimalist when it comes to my bike and I don’t see the reason for riding around with a mudguard (fender for US of A readers) when the sun is shining. However, I do like the option to quickly attach one at winter. That’s why the SKS X-Tra Dry mudguard is perfect. It can be attached and removed in seconds and keeps my back dry.
I went trekking in Japan once (show off!!) and I bought a waterproof backpack cover. I thought it was a little expensive at the time, but it’s come in incredibly useful for keeping my possessions dry. You can grab one from any outdoor store but this one from Amazon looks pretty good with the straps you can tighten around your bag. Otherwise, you may be lucky enough to use a waterproof bag. Many of the messenger bags tend to have good waterproofing.
A while back I reviewed the DHB Sync Waterproof jacket. I still regularly use it as it provides great waterproofing, with the option to unzip two huge flaps beneath the arms to keep you cool. Wiggle seems to have bumped up the price a fair bit, from £59.99 to £71.99, so you may want to choose something else from their range. However, even at the new price point, the DHB Sync is an excellent jacket. There are models available for ladies too (and they are top sellers on Wiggle!).
The DHB Minima trousers have some great features going for them at this low price point. For a start, they can be wrapped in to a small size so you can fit them at the bottom of your bag or panniers in case the rain starts. They are easily adjustable and provide great waterproofing. Thanks to their lightweight design, they won’t push up your body temperature.
Keeping your feet dry
The area I haven’t really covered with this gear are my feet. I’ve yet to find an ideal solution for keeping feet dry. However, I’ll soon be testing out the DHB C1.0 Commuting Shoe, which clips in to your pedals. I’m hoping this will provide some decent waterproofing.
There are many alternatives such as waterproof socks, overshoes, putting a plastic bag over your socks or simply changing in to a different pair of socks and footwear at your destination. Let me know if you’ve got any good suggestions in the comments..
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