I lay there last night listening to the rain on the tin roof planning my ride to work for the next day and I wondered what others do when it rains.
I ride to work 5 days a week - rain or shine. I have done for years, with few exceptions. Since investing heavily in my new bike, the old beast has been relegated solely to wet days (those who follow me on twitter will recognise the hashtag #wetbike). When it's going to be raining, I always wear old shoes with covers and my old helmet.
Discussions at work revealed that others ride with the same gear regardless of the weather while one changes her wheels when it's going to rain.
So what do you do when the weather isn't clement ?
Yes I have my work bike and my different bikes for group rides depending which group I ride with :)
Grin and bear it - I have shoes I keep for commuting, and I wear booties over them.
As yet cannot afford another bike, so I just clean and lubricate a lot.
And I carry a wet weather jacket in my backpack.
And put all my lights on…
1 bike for all weather/rides. Only have 1 pr of shoes.
I often end up wearing my squealchy shoes home as I haven't yet found shoe covers to keep my feet dry. I have a rain jacket that keeps my top half dry, I wear my bike shorts all year round as it is easier to dry shorts than full length pants. Lights on permanently, regardless of weather conditions.
It was so warm this morning I would not have minded a passing shower.
If it's wet and really cold, I might even take the car in! Otherwise like you I ride every day and i've found mudguards are really quite useful and significantly add to the kudos in the Cat 6 stakes... mudguards plus loaded backpack even more so!
except maybe your level of dryness? :)
Until recently I was 1 bike for all weather, but now I've finished building up an old malvern into a fixie, she gets to be my wet bike.
Having had the work bike stolen, for now I am cleaning and thoroughly lubing my roadie at the end of each week (ready for whatever the weekend holds). Do miss the mudguards.
Have an old helmet too, but only one pair of shoes - MTB SPD's. I have found that the long narrow bags that the Messenger newspaper comes in make great sock covers for when it is wet - doesn't keep the shoes dry, but feet stay toasty warm & dry !
Good to hear from other "5 day a week" riders. Not sure what's worse either, the wet days, or the days when it's 40° plus. Certainly the wet weather has a big impact on visibility and stopping power, so lights, high vis gear & a very defensive mindset are very important, I remember one really dirty, wet ride home this year when I felt virtually invisible and extremely vulnerable.
You can get rear mudguards for a roadie that you can get on and off easily. Stops the stripe on the back at least.
I ride to work rain hail or shine also (only 4.7km which is a benefit). Shoes and clothes always dry by the time I come home as the shower area has the AC return flow through it from half the office floorspace. I have a 10 year old flat bar roadie with rear mud guard that I use on wet days and cheap spray jacket which isn't very good but I will invest in a good one next winter. I save my good roadie for the dry days and generally won't ride weekends whilst it's raining if I have a choice.
Yup, I used to ride the same ol' bike but I think after this winter I will retire it to a wet weather bike, and upgrade for the longer rides/dry rides to a better bike.
When I have enough cash :p