With this morning’s downpour at the end of the Ride to Work Day breakfast it seems fitting that we follow on from last month’s poll about how you cope with the rain. Last month we only asked whether you still ride, and most of you said fairly clearly you do, so this month we want to know a bit about the ways you stay comfy and dry on your bike (or whether you don’t even care about that).
In Brisbane we’re all used to the typical summer downpour, but with the increase in the numbers of people cycling over the last few years, and the recent return of La Niña seasons, not everybody is all that accustomed to riding in more persistent rain. There are also lots of ‘fair weather bikes’ around that don’t cope so well in the wet: skinny, slippery tyres, no fenders to keep the spray off, etc. Interestingly though, many of the countries where cycling is most popular are particularly cold, wet and miserable for most of the year, yet people still cycle in far greater numbers all year round than they ever do here.
So, use the poll below to tell us what works for you, or give us your thoughts or other ideas in the comments below.
What do you use to stay comfy in the rain?
- Umbrella (12%, 8 Votes)
- Rain coat (ordinary, or European cycling style) (10%, 7 Votes)
- Rain jacket (sports cycling style) (26%, 18 Votes)
- Fenders (mudguards) (43%, 30 Votes)
- Not-too-skinny tyres (28%, 19 Votes)
- Thongs or sandals (12%, 8 Votes)
- A warm shower at the other end (35%, 24 Votes)
- I'm perfectly fine getting saturated (41%, 28 Votes)
- I don't ride when it's raining (14%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 69