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To wear or not to wear.......that is the Question

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Plax, 2 Jul 2008.

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  1. Full Waterproofs

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  2. Jacket & Overshoes

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  3. Overshoes

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  4. Don't be a wee big jessie (or whatever you Scots say)

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  1. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Ok, so it is chucking it down big style outside. I usually wear all my waterproofs - skull cap, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and overshoes. However I find I get too hot in the jacket at this time of year, and the water pools round the crotch area on the saddle and seeps in through the trouser seams anyway.
    I was just wearing shorts & top this morning, should I just go home like this or stick the waterproofs on?
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    It's pretty warm - just a top, and overshoes if they keep the shoes clean and dry....

    Right, you are about 80 miles further west from me - must be coming in from there - I'm off sharpish soon then...still dry here...when did the rain start !!
     
  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Being a girl ... I say consider what your top may look like when wet:biggrin:.

    (The boys may think the opposite to me - depending on what your top is like)
     
  4. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    My answer really depends on how far you're going. In summer time, with a reasonably short commute, I just wear shorts and a jersey and get wet. I don't bother with overshoes as my shoes dry our during the day anyway. If I wear lots of stuff I get soaked from sweat anway.

    The only extra thing I put on is a cap - I can't stand rain on the top of my head.
     
  5. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    I purposefully left my waterproofs at home today.

    Warm and wet does it.
     
  6. Waterproof jacket, shorts. Had a lovely ride in the rain today and my shorts dried out in 10 mins.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Drat - the rain is here - hmm just overshoes to keep the shoes clean (ish) - just spitting !
     
  8. Bug

    Bug New Member

    Location:
    Fareham
    I've never bothered with waterproofs, summer or winter. A good wicking Jersey and shorts/longs is all you need. In winter I find that rain doesn't make me especially cold anyway. The only time that I've ever been truly cold was being sleeted upon in sub-zero temperatures...
     
  9. OP
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    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Well, it started around 3ish here, on and off. Started to get really heavy around 4pm. Now it seems to be just drizzling.
    I think I'll see what it's like when I get out. I've left the waterproofs in the pannier on the bike so I might dig the overshoes and skull cap out. Ride home is only 4 miles, but it is up hill so I'm sure I won't get cold, but it takes longer than coming to work!
    Right, wish me luck I'm off home now!
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I heard you normally wore your pink hot pants to match your pink bike?
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Well, cycled home in shorts, t-shirt & overshoes. Don't know why I put the overshoes on like, but at least it kept the spray of my shoes!
    It had stopped raining long enough for me to just about get to the top of my road, then it started to rain again. So got a little bit wet, but not that much as it wasn't heavy rain. It has gone lovely again now. I'm very tempted to go for a run. I have just scoffed a 100g toblerone and chocolate mouse all myself. Feel guilty now!
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Overshoes and a waterproof - blooming rain stopped and I cooked.....
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    if I thought I'd get cold I'd wear a top, either lightweight or waterproof depending on temperature

    overshoes if it's proper rain, don't like wet feet, proper cycle kit doesn't really get wet
     
  14. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Started to chuck it down just before I left work. Put my contact lenses on instead of specs. So much better.
     
  15. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Rain? What Rain?