Water-Proofs

OOtzen-Booty
OOtzen-Booty Posts: 116
edited January 2009 in Road beginners
As a newbie I would like some advice on how to stay dry when out riding the roads,Are there any good tips or equipment that i can buy that are cheap as money is tight???

Thanks in advance :wink:

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  • whyamihere
    whyamihere Posts: 7,702
    Go for stuff that's windproof and shower resistant instead. Couple of reasons:

    1. Waterproofs don't breathe well unless you spend an insane amount of money, so you'll end up soaked anyway, but with sweat.
    2. The cheaper 'waterproofs' that do claim to be breathable aren't actually waterproof.
    3. It doesn't actually matter if you get wet. As long as you're warm, you'll be comfy. You can be soaked to the skin, but if you're wearing windproof clothing, you'll be warm.
  • JGS
    JGS Posts: 180
    Mudguards are a good buy too. I used to hate them, but the difference with them on in the rain is immense. Also the stuff about windproof / shower resistant gear is a good one, I only ever wear my gore-tex jacket when it's coming down exceptionally hard or if I am mountain biking. With a road bike you can travel fast enough to keep yourself warm and most windproof stuff dries pretty quickly once the rain stops.
  • Reguarding the wind proof kit,Can anybody point me in the right direction for leggings/trousers or even shorts..........................As a newbie i am green

    So the answer for my question might be to wear a windproof jacket and shorts,as i,m cycling hard on the road for a few hours????

    I dont know and i dont fancy wearing shorts this time of year,Any advice much appreciated......as I might have to bite the bullet :wink:
  • JGS
    JGS Posts: 180
    Well until the temp gets under 8 degrees I wear a North Face jersey with a Helly Henson long arm Lifa layer underneath with some DHB bibs. Most times though I wear my 2XU Membrane jacket and Sub-Zero bibs.

    The DHB bibs are cheap and perform exceptionally well, although I have an XL pair and find the legs a bit tight and short for me, although I have large long legs for my height. The 2XU gear is amazing though, and I seriously reccomend it if you can afford it, although jacket and bibs are about £190 for the pair, however they are quite rainproof (not had anything soak through yet), highly breathable and ultra-windproof. They also have the most comfy shammy I have ever used.

    I'm sure a lot of people are going to balk at this suggestion.If you are unsure of what you are buying, take a bottle of water with you when you are shopping and when you try stuff flick a few drips of water on it (only a few mls is needed). If the water beads up and rolls off then you have something that's reasonably shower proof, if the water just soaks in then it's going to get you wet.
  • JGS
    JGS Posts: 180
    I'm bored so heres some links to most of the gear I use:

    TNF Jacket: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/the ... t-ec016214

    DHB Tights: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360038993/

    2XU stuff (I use the jacket, tights and gloves): http://www.tfn.uk.com/acatalog/copy_of_ ... thing.html
  • JGS wrote:
    I'm bored so heres some links to most of the gear I use:

    TNF Jacket: http://www.evanscycles.com/products/the ... t-ec016214

    DHB Tights: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360038993/

    2XU stuff (I use the jacket, tights and gloves): http://www.tfn.uk.com/acatalog/copy_of_ ... thing.html

    Thank you for the links :D
  • I am currently using these;

    Jacket
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Endur ... 360020526/

    Shorts
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/alt ... s-ec016691

    Shoes
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/nor ... s-ec011689

    I was out in the rain and hail yesterday and I was lovely and dry. Well the bits that weren't exposed