A shout out to those who ride rain or shine!
(With a bonus Nikwax giveway below the fold.)
I’ve been doing this year round all weather bike commuting since the 80s in various climates, and some of my coworkers still express surprise and even shock when I show up at the office with my bike when there’s rain in the forecast.
I’ll admit that this extended rainy season beyond the usual winter monsoon gets a little old; San Jose has double the usual rain for the year with more on the way today, but I’m not going to melt.
Exposure to weather was one of the reasons given for why cycling promotion is unrealistic in yesterday’s discussion about electric vehicles here. It’s just water, folks. It’s the same stuff you use to bathe yourself.
A childhood friend ignored his mother’s commands to come in out of the rain and gleefully splashed in the mud puddles. He didn’t die of pneumonia, and neither will you. Put on your rain jacket and rubber boots and go for it.
Paper maps and cue sheets don’t hold up to rain nearly as well as human skin. Anyone who’s gotten lost after your map has disintegrated from repeated folding / unfolding in the rain might appreciate Nikwax’s Map Proof. This sponge-on waterproofing for maps can come in handy for those who use paper directions.
Nikwax sent a sample of Map Proof that I’d like to pass along. Leave a comment below with your best cycling in the rain story, or link to your own blog post with a story or photo or video. I’ll pick the best and send you the bottle of Map Proof. Sorry, but US residents only. I’ll select a winner on Thursday.