I don’t know about you all out there in internet-land, but here in Portland, our June tends to not be all that summery, which means we still have to be thinking about what we’re doing when we leave the house to go hop on our bikes.
Thankfully, with the right stuff, you don’t have to think too much. A pair of good boots, and a nice poncho typically suffice for me, along with whatever I was going to wear anyway.
It starts off about like this, under the lovely tree where we park our bikes:
And after a half-hour in the rain, it looks more like this:
And after parking the bike and removing the poncho, poof!, nice and dry, no fuss (just have to dry my beard off), and the weather-proofed leather boots kept my feet nice and dry :)
I should note that I had a chance to try out my poncho on the WorkCycles Omafiets one day, and it didn’t work quite as well, because the bars are so high, that the poncho doesn’t cover your legs as well – the slightly more aggressive posture of my Raleigh suits the poncho perfectly. I should also note that I’ve ridden my wife’s WorkCycles Secret Service with the poncho, and it does keep my legs dry, because the huge basket she has on the front blocks much of the rain that would otherwise hit my legs. So, it just all depends on your specific setup :)
How do you all deal with rainy days?