With the wet weather showing no signs of waning, it's more important than ever to make sure you're prepared for those rainy day rides. Spinning while you're soaked isn't so bad, but if you can't get dry at your destination you're going to have a grumpy day. In today's post we'll look at the little things you can do to give yourself some relief during these weathery weeks.
Always Bring a Towel
Arthur Dent and the Hitchhiker's Guide nailed this one decades ago, when it comes to - well, everything - don't panic, do bring a towel. After a rainy ride the most critical part of your comfort will be how dry you can get. A small towel can live permanently in your saddle bag, repair pack, or be shoved in a pocket before you roll out. And while it might not seem like much, getting your gams dry before donning your clean clothes will make a huge difference in your day.
Pack Back-up Socks
And when it comes to clean, dry clothes, there's nothing like a fresh pair of socks to make the rainy rides melt into memories. Seriously, if you only follow one bit of advice here, make it this one. Socks can also find a forever-home on your bike and they'll always be there when you need them. There's nothing like dragging off a pair of soaked socks and slipping into some dry sole-sleeves to turn your day around. It's not quite as good as a bowl of soup in front of the fireplace, but it's close.
Gloves are Good
Last, but not least, everything's better with dry fingers. If your hands are cold and wet, everything's getting cold and wet, so bundle up those paws before you push the pedals. Slipping off your soaking gloves to reveal dry and happy hands is second only to tossing on that clean, dry pair of socks we talked about. If you get to experience both back-to-back, rainy rides aren't even a hassle anymore, they're just the prequel to your inevitable coziness.
Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, just unprepared riders. What are your rainy day ride secrets? Stay dry, and we'll see you out there.