Bad bike commuter — that’s me

Or perhaps just ill-equipped? I couldn’t agree more with Dot’s thoughts on getting outdoors in winter. The cold isn’t an issue after the first few blocks, and the stark silhouettes of the leafless trees have a certain beauty. Unfortunately winter in the South tends to mean rain more than snow. Or at least it does this year, when the planet seems determined to make up for last year’s drought (it has rained for five of the seven days so far in 2009).

If this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the winter, Pinkie needs fenders and I need a raincoat! Anyone out there have any recommendations? I want a coat that breathes but still repels water. I know most of the readers so far aren’t bike commuters, but you’re all more outdoorsy than I am.

The forecast for tomorrow is clear, if chilly, so I’m hoping to have something to write about and perhaps pictures of my own commute!

ETA: The sun is suddenly making an appearance. Wishing I had ridden this morning!

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5 thoughts on “Bad bike commuter — that’s me

  1. Jeremy says:

    Thanks for sharing your blog. Looking forward to seeing how you make it through your respective winters. I live so close to work that it’s easier to walk now, so I envy you the biking challenge.

    Regarding raingear, I’ve had great experience with Burley rain jacket and rain pants. Good visibility and functionality, sheds most water. Nothing is going to keep you completely dry, but it’ll keep you from getting wet and cold. For fenders, I suggest looking for something with mud flaps, as they keep the slash down. This is especially important if you’re riding in line with someone else. Planet Bike makes good ones.

    Keep riding and writing.

  2. Jennie says:

    Hmmm. I will check out some sites Trish! My rain jacket is my trusty LLBean flower jacket I got several years ago at clearence for $9. I go hiking in it all the time. It has zippers under the arms to vent air.

  3. msdottie says:

    Rain is yucky. This is the rain coat I bought this year, although I haven’t had to use it much. It’s not super technical but very light, can be balled up to store in a purse, and mildly chic. Easy to go from bike to work. Plus, it keeps my thighs dry. I do think it’s overpriced, but I finally gave in and bought it.

  4. Ashley says:

    I’m so jealous of all this biking. I wish I could bike to and from work. But I think it would take me a looong time, and I don’t think Rowan would really enjoy that too much. haha.

    Anyway, I like my Marmot rain jackets that I’ve had over the years. In college, I had one, and we put some water repellant stuff on it, and it worked wonders walking around campus. Also you can buy “compression sacks” for them to make them small so you can carry it along on your ride.

  5. editrish says:

    Thanks for the raincoat suggestions, guys!

    Ash, I know it would be well-nigh impossible to do your commute on a bike, but believe it or not but I have seen bike blogs where people post about commuting with their children and babies! So, if you ever live closer to work/daycare, you could live your dream. :)

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