Wednesday, September 8, 2010

All of a sudden, it's fall!

I woke up this morning to a chilly wind in the Sacramento Valley. Refreshing after a couple weeks of riding the three miles to school in 99+ degree heat.
Don't I look pretty?
The chill reminded me that winter is just around the corner and it's going to start raining. This means instead of arriving to class drenched in sweat, I'll be arriving drenched in rain.
So I promptly googled "cycling in the rain" and looked for some tips for outfitting my bike and myself for the rainy season.
This video was only mildly helpful, but instructed me to get a light weight rain coat. So I went right over to City Bike Works and found last year's polyvinyl rain coat on clearance for $10! Hooray.
In a perfect world I'd get this awesome rain coat from B. Spoke Tailor, unfortunately I don't have $350 to spend on cycling gear right now.

I still need something for my bottom, a new saddle, a saddle cover, and water proof shoes... but one thing at a time. I'll keep you posted on how my car-free winter goes. Wish me luck!
Here's another link to help those of you looking to rain ride.
I also liked this article on ultracycling.com, lots of good information about rain gear.

P.S. yet another shout out to the fabulous Sac Cycle Chic, who posted about Spoke B. Tailor and I couldn't help but include it in my post too.  I love that I always run into this girl on my bike in midtown. Last week we passed each other twice in one day in different parts of town.

2 comments:

Viquena said...

ah, the joys of rain riding...I used to have a Frogg Toggs rain suit http://www.froggtoggs.com/#outerwear/driducks/DS1204/ that I annihilated with constant wear, now I rock the Kirkland rainsuit my pop picked up for me at CostCo. And the galoshes, you gotta have those! All in all, those things cover your bases--the rain pants are always roomy enough that you could put them over a skirt.

sac cycle chic said...

Melody I think you were following me...lol! Great seen you. Please come to my October ride! ;)

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