Having just arrived home from an evening of company, drink, and debate (three of my favorite things), I have these observations to make on riding home in the rain:
Biking in the rain is hella fun.1 The feeling of the rain pelting against your face, being saturated with water, and having a brotherhood amongst the other bikers on the route… it’s just awesome. Highly recommended. I’ll even go with you, voluntarily.
But it may only be fun if you have eye protection. I happen to wear glasses, so I have eye protection wherever I go. It’s definitely worth carrying any type of protective eyewear on a rainy day.
It gives you a really good excuse to clean your bike. Well, the frame and exterior bits, anyway. Because all you have to do is scrub it a bit more and wipe it down. We all wash our bikes far less than we should.
Chrome bags are also awesome. The outside of my Chrome bag: totally saturated with water. The inside? Totally dry. It wasn’t even shut properly by the user, but it came through with flying colors. While I love to this day the backpack for which I substituted my Chrome bag, it definitely would not have this property.
Your shoes will be squishy. Okay, not great, but still super fun.
- I learned the word “hella” when visiting Dan in California a few years ago. [return]