This morning I timed my ride home from a friend's place to mine on the opposite end of Marrickville perfectly to get drenched - it was drizzling when I left her place, started pouring a few seconds after I hit the road, and stopped two minutes after I arrived home shivering and looking like a drowned rat.
- Cotton cargoes, t-shirt and hoodie are not suitable for riding the rain.
- My helmet sucks and I need a bigger one.
- Mudguards! 25+km/h means my front Marathon Plus tire sprays water forward and just high enough for the wind to throw it exactly into my face.
- I don't have knobblies anymore, and hitting even the smallest kerb at an angle, at speed, on slicks, in the rain, is a BAD IDEA. I somehow stayed upright and landed on my feet, but the insides of my thighs are bruised as all hell from the bike's attempt to buck out from under me after flicking into some sort of diagonal skid-hop freakout.
- The above resulted in my QR MTX rack sticking out sideways. The thing refuses to grip in one place on a carbon stem, and I'll be replacing it with a normal pannier rack post-haste. If someone's interested in purchasing it let me know, otherwise I'll save it for the next steel stem I own.
Right, with that whinge out of the way, what does your cold/wet cycling wardrobe look like? I'm interested in specific brands and gear you'd recommend or avoid as well as general advice. Jackets, baselayers, knicks/shorts, arm and leg warmers, shoe covers, whatever.