As the title so obviously states: I had my first cold and wet ride of the season yesterday. Good stuff those C&Ws.
I was about 3 miles into the twenty mile commute home when the sky opened up. I was sort of prepared: I had the Dorky Rainlegs, some gloves, and a wool beanie. I was also wearing the Beloved Ibex BreakAway jacket. All of this stuff would have been completely and utterly sufficient on my old 4 mile commute. But after about 8 miles of riding in a downpour, my gloves and my Beloved were totally soaked. And I had clippy canvas tennis shoes. I was wishing for my Keens.
So that's the gear breakdown.
Temp was about 40 F; dangerously close to the miserable zone (mid-30's and wet).
There's a number of things about this scenario to note.
The plan: clearly you ride harder. Even though I tend to start slogging and slowing when I'm miserable, it's the exactly wrong thing to do for obvious reasons.
The head game: always ALWAYS convince yourself that you've cycled through way worse, "I've been further from home, wetter, colder, and more miserable lots of times."
Optimize for next time: Like most working folk, I now have to not look like a slob at my work place, so I've got to think about riding home AND looking presentable all day. And I'm not into hauling a bunch of clothes and crap around. I feel like I'm already hauling all sorts of stuff every day and every day I forget stuff.
So if there's rain in the forecast (and their was and I knew it and I figured my Beloved would take care of me), then I'll be packing my normal rain jacket (not the cycling one -- just a normal one that looks normal and can be worn around campus).
Otherwise, I'll keep my O2 jacket (along with the Dorky Rainlegs) in my office for surprise rain visits.
I'd like to find other clippy shoes besides the Keens that look nice and are as weatherproof.
We're still screwed on the glove front. There's no such (sensible -- i.e., not for climbing Mt. Everest) glove that will be rained on for 20 miles that won't wet through. Extra set of wool gloves at the office is the plan there.
2 days ago