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Staying Motivate to Ride in 36º Rain

Riding in the Rain
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Yesterday I only had a couple things on tap I needed to achieve outside out of the house.

#1 Errands to prepare for being on the road traveling this week
#2 A fartlek of a ride between 1-1.5 hours (anything to get me off the trainer!)

As I looked at my forecast of the day it was freezing rain and wind. I decided that I would run my errands on my road bike to stay motivated when all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a good book.

Necessary Items to Become Rain & Wind Ready

Rain Riding Gear

Fenders quickly installed on the Ridley Helium SL (SKS Raceblades to the rescue)

Waterproof backpack (SealLine Urban Backpack)

Wool and warmth as close to my body as possible (Smart Wool)

Wind and waterproof outer layers

Blinky lights

Other Things that Kept Me Motivated

Ridley Rain Riding

I planned my ride to have multiple stops. The first was for coffee and lunch. The second was my storage unit to pick up new product samples. The third was a friend at a bike shop.

Conclusion

While it looks like a lot of gear, it is gear that you may already have. The jacket I decided to wear is from Outdoor Research and is made more for outdoor/hiking. When it was pouring I wore the hood under my helmet.

The only thing that I wish I had worn was either waterproof booties or waterproof socks (which I don’t own yet.) I hope to not have to ride much more in the rain, but I’ll take freezing rain over all the snow that parts of the East Coast received this weekend.

 

One Response to Staying Motivate to Ride in 36º Rain

  1. Greg says:

    Kudos to you! I have ridden in cold wet like this commuting to work and it sucks. I think you get a “Hardcore” merit badge for it. How did you handle being wet walking into the lunch stop? Anyone make an issue of it?

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