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    Commuting in the rain.

    So its getting into the rainy season and my commute is getting increasingly wet. I mostly just ride to class and to run little errands around town. what should I get to dry my commute up on my mtb. I don't want to change tires and I am already looking around for fenders. Just looking for other ideas so I'm not soaked after the commute.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Fenders with mudflaps are a necessity. There are two camps, get wet and change clothes, or stay dry with a bunch of gear. I choose the latter. Rain coat, rain pants. The big thing is your feet. Sandals are nice when it's warm, when it's cold you'll need waterproof boots/shoes. I have some Answer Kashmirs and Lake MXZ302s for the wet. Waterproof socks and sandals works well too.

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    You really need some fenders, there's a few guys on here that make some sweet wooden ones out of recycled pallets and finished with linseed oil
    The wood is being bent! Let me know what you need!

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    The bike is my main trail ride so I don't really want "permanent" fenders, right now I am on the search for detachable ones.

    If I had a straight commuter bike I would definitely want a nice set of fenders, wood sounds really cool but I'd feel horrible if they got destroyed when I wreck on the trails.
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    I see...check planet bike's website, they probably have the best selection. I get some of my hardware from them.
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    SKS Shockblade for the front, X-Blade (I think that's what they call it), or Headland Backscratcher for the rear; they detach easily, work well, and don't cost a fortune.

    Get rain gear; make sure the jacket has a hood -- it'll fit under the helmet. Extra gloves, and I personally go low-tech for foot protection with plastic bags inside the shoes.

    Clean and lube more often.
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    You don't necessarily need a hood on your rain jacket. I carry a shower cap I got for free from a motel room for the big downpours. It starts raining hard I'll just throw that on over my helmet.

    Any temporary fender will not be good for keeping your feet dry, look to get some shoe covers, even the cheap rubber dress shoe covers will work pretty well.
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    I am in the get wet and change camp.....


    Unless it is cold below 40 F...

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    I'm in the rain gear AND the change clothes when I get to work camp.

    Unless it's above 40F in which case I get sweaty-wet and find the rain gear useless.

    Oh, I'm also in the camp that has a commuter bike in the arsenal which has fenders during the rainy months (nov-may) but will say that I use clip on fenders for the mtb which are simple to put on/take off at the trail head.



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    I wear a thong and hope I pedal fast enough to stay warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    I wear a thong and hope I pedal fast enough to stay warm.
    Not drafting YOU, cowboy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug
    You don't necessarily need a hood on your rain jacket. I carry a shower cap I got for free from a motel room for the big downpours. It starts raining hard I'll just throw that on over my helmet.

    Any temporary fender will not be good for keeping your feet dry, look to get some shoe covers, even the cheap rubber dress shoe covers will work pretty well.
    Hmmm...shower cap; naw, I'll stick to what I got.

    Used to run the rubber shoe covers -- damned things caught the runoff from my rain pants, soaked my feet anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpedaler
    Not drafting YOU, cowboy!
    Why not? I break wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Why not? I break wind.
    Now I have 2 reasons....
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    Quote Originally Posted by spcarter
    So its getting into the rainy season and my commute is getting increasingly wet. I mostly just ride to class and to run little errands around town. what should I get to dry my commute up on my mtb. I don't want to change tires and I am already looking around for fenders. Just looking for other ideas so I'm not soaked after the commute.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Helmet cover, maybe?

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    my rain gear sucks!!! Pants were good but they developed leaks, then a huge gash from chainring. my weatherproof cycling jacket is a frickin sponge. my shoes are OK, big dorky clipless things which take a good drenching before my socks get wet. Helmet cover in bright yellow is good but face still gets soaked, thinking a grinders face shield with rainex would be cool (re- dorky)

    I bring dry stuff in a plastic bag in the backpack.

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    I definitely don't subscribe to the fender, rain coat philosophy.

    Might want to take a look at roadie gear.

    Lycra Skullcap,
    Sugio or LG Shoe covers, etc
    Get your eyewear sorted,
    Get yourself a Heavyweight Winter Training jacket (Goretex, but breathable)

    I wouldn't want to be riding around in non breathable plastic, and anyone who wears a helmet cover should be shot.

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    In order of value: Fenders, Hat, Rain Pants, Gloves, Rain Jacket, Shoe Covers, Clear Lenses.

    Best case is all of them to make a ride in the rain less bad.
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    I can handle being shot by another cyclist thinking my safety yellow helmet cover is bullet worthy, I'd be pi55ed if a driver shot me because they didn't approve tho

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