Trisha showed you her Little Miss Messy coffee-stained Abici and now I’ll show you my Little Miss Muddy Velorbis. On Wednesday I rode Coco, my Velorbis, in the rain for the first time. I discovered that the gorgeous cream-colored frame shows mud quite clearly. I’m not good at keeping my bikes clean, but I definitely have to wipe Coco down after the rain.
Although Coco’s aesthetics suffer in the rain, her performance is top notch. The substantial fenders, chain case, and internal brakes are perfect for keeping me clean and stopping on a dime. The super cushy Fat Frank tires are a big bonus and make Coco the best among my bikes for riding in the rain. Normally, I feel paranoid riding on slick roads and through puddles, but the stability and comfort of the fat tires made me feel completely secure. I love those tires.
As for myself, I dealt with the rain fine. I wore my Patagonia trench rain coat (not pictured below), which caught most of the drizzle. My wool tights and tweed skirt dried quickly and my helmet protected my hair.
So that’s it. I made it through a 30 minute drizzly bike commute a-okay. By the time I got to work, I was a little bit more in love with Coco than before.
What aspects of your bike help (or not) when riding in the rain?