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I know that I said that I should have the “Bike and Walk Summit: Part 2″ coming this week, but life has taken over as it has been known to do.

I’m continuing to work on the post so no worries, I will have it finished without a doubt by next week!

This week, we had a down pour on Tuesday. For those of you in the area did you ride?

I posted this question on Google+ and got a lot of great answers. Here’s the question and some responses!

How do you stay dry when you bike ride in the rain?

I personally was soaked when I got to work. I wore a cheap rain coat & poncho, waterproof snow pants and used my waterproof Vaya Bags Messenger bag. The poncho worked well, but my legs were completely soaked and feet too.

Luckily everything in my bag was totally dry–including my laptop and work clothes–so I threw those on(not the laptop) and got to work!

Here are some of the suggestions I got from Google+, let me know what you think!

1. Fenders and Mud Guards

Don’t get splashed by your own bike like I do.

2. Rain Coats

Both of these companies were recommended:

-Froggs Toggs Rain Gear

-Showers Pass

Showers Pass was recommended quite a few times and they also makes rain pants which could be a good idea. But, I don’t see any hood on their coats, I feel like I’d like I need a hood in the rain. What do you think?

3. Ride Naked

This was an actual answer. You never know until you try.

4. Nylon Rain Pants

Maybe like these rain pants?

5. High Visability Police Rain Coat

This wasn’t an answer, I just like this one so I put it here.

High Visibility Police Rain Jacket

6. Rainmates

Rainmates gear just covers the front of your legs. This is assuming that you have fenders so that the back of your legs are not getting splashed. They let your legs breathe more so you don’t sweat too much and overheat while your ride!

7. Rain Boots

A good pair of rain boots will definitely help keep your feet dry with or without fenders. I wonder how they are to ride in!

8. Poncho

Besides a rain coat, a poncho is a good choice. I like that the poncho helps rain run off of you and not as much onto you! Ponchos can also be easily worn on top of anything.

9. Get wet.

Pretty much everyone agreed that you can’t get to work completely dry! The best was a combination of a good rain jacket with a hood, with rain boots and rain pants to finish it off.

I imagine if you had the best quality rain coat, poncho, rain pants, and rain boots, you’d be dry when you arrived to work! But, that’s a lot to wear and may be unnecessary if you don’t mind a little water.

Most people who responded brought a change of clothes with them to work, or left them at work. I don’t mind getting wet too much, but having all of those wet clothes around can be a bit annoying.

10. What do you have to say?

I’m definitely interested in hearing what other people have to say on the subject.

Do you just get wet and change? Do you choose not to ride in the rain? Or do you have a great system you use?


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  • gpatterson

    Rain paints from Cabelas ($17 – can’t beat it), regular 3-seasnon jacket, mud flaps and a Vaya messenger bag. Actually had a pretty enjoyable ride one Tuesday

  • Phoebe

    I admit that I haven’t come close to figuring this one out. At the moment I ride in my regular bike tights/pants, a large cape-like rain coat that tends to flutter in the wind, and Bogs rain/farm boots with legwarmers to stop water rolling into the boots. A complete hodgepodge! I had a Showers Pass raincoat, but it fell to tatters in a very short period of time. I’ve been considering rain pants but they’re so hideous I can’t get myself to buy them! Admittedly, in the winter I rarely ride during significant rain.

  • meligrosa

    ohmy, i totally read “how to stay dry in your bikini in the rain” from your tweet
    someone is ready for the beach…

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