I live in St. Petersburg, well, what can you do. I assure you, riding a bicycle in the rain is not as uncomfortable as it was accepted. Just sometimes difficult to force myself to believe that the rain – it is usually normal. Otherwise, as St. Petersburg would be the most bicycle city in Russia, if they were all afraid of rain?
But if you wear the right clothes, everything will be okay. Wear layers. I usually wear a waterproof jacket, underneath velodzhersi, and under it – as if to call it … – a special fine mesh T-shirt. This bike clothes is very well remove the skin and sweat like finicky cyclists. Although, of course, 100% Masthev – a waterproof velokurtka.
Choose this bike jacket, her style is tailored in such a way that when landing on a bicycle, it does not turn up and do not restrict movement. I once went to the usual tourist raincoat and cursed everything. Of course, the jacket of a good tissue are more expensive. But they remain dry for longer, breathe better and regulate body heat. Spend a good time on his jacket, and it will serve you for many years. It is better to choose a jacket of bright color that you could see in the rain. I have a bright red jacket is brutal.
I do not have special waterproof pants, but those in which I travel, are made from fast drying fabric.
Velobahily in the rain would be very helpful. Myself, I bought the neoprene. They are, however, not very long survive the rain, but they warm, and shoes are clean. Some comrades are worn on the foot plastic bags, but they are very sweaty feet, so I do not recommend this method.
In the rain I’m driving gloves with long fingers, so that the hands are not freezing. Ideally I would like to buy a waterproof gloves or naperchatochniki, somewhere I have seen these on sale. On top of the helmet wearing waterproof crest of the membrane. It rests on a simple elastic band. Odell, took off – it’s simple.
Another story – cleaning the bike after a trip in the rain: sand and dirt stick everywhere. The first thing when I get home, I throw my clothes in the laundry and take my cleaning is great. It is best to do the sink at once, and then the chain can rust. Of course, you first want to take a shower and a meal, but the cleaning is no big deal, and after a couple of times, do it quickly.
Our modern apartments are usually only two places to clean the bike: a bath and a balcony. At home, I zanoshu bike on the balcony, dial a basin of water, and cheap figachu Karcher’om. Two minutes of spray, then spray lubricant to the chain of cause and you can go to hawala.
Riding in the rain – it’s pretty fun. Even though additional work, I like to travel in the rain. There is something beautiful and romantic. So, no need to avoid the rain, but just pick the right clothes.