View Full Version : here comes the rain again

08-30-2006, 08:08 AM
i've never succeeded in biking through the winter. one time i tried, i got junk fenders that rubbed my tires. another time, i bought rain pants that weren't rain pants and ended up with blocks of ice where my legs used to be.

so. where did you winter bikers get your fenders and how much do you love them? and your rain pants? i'm a huge cheapskate, so the cheaper the better.


08-30-2006, 03:33 PM
and what about the ears and head. I keep my hair really short so even on the slightly brisk days my head gets kinda chilly.

08-30-2006, 11:16 PM
My memory is that City Bikes sell basic fender sets for $25-30, and charge around $12 for installation if you donít want to do the install yourself. As far as I know, the fenders are around retail, but the installation fees are less than half what Bike Gallery charges.

For rain pants you can troll through the thrifts or just buy new from $30-$50 for decent ones. REI is selling some that are breathable for $45. Iím sure with some shopping you can do better than that being REI is usually at the upper end of price ranges.

Fleece headbands with ear covers are pretty easy to find for around $10 at most outdoor stores and they fit pretty well with helmets. There are full head versions as well.

08-31-2006, 02:21 PM
wool insulates even when it's wet...cotton doesn't. a fleece(which is ironic, because fleece is really wool(or alpaca, et.al.)) headband will probably be made of acrylic, or cotton, both of which will leave your ears unpleasantly damp and cold if it rains on you. knit yourself a headband out of wool or alpaca and you'll be much better off.

09-01-2006, 06:23 PM
I bought one of the plastic fenders that have two velcro strips on them. Place one side of the velcro on your bike downtube, and then put the fender on when it's wet. I got my last set at REI for $5 and that was to replace the old set I lost when I moved. I have a rear rack so I don't use a rear fender.

09-01-2006, 09:43 PM
My kids got me some rain pants from the Campmoor catalog (perhaps not "true" bike rainpants) and they have worked very well. I understand they were much less expensive than the kind you get at the bike stores.

09-02-2006, 09:40 AM
i've been meaning to get a rear rack, but never put two and two together that it would help me out in the winter. excellent.

i'll look at the campmoor site, too.

thanks everybody.

09-02-2006, 02:48 PM
The rack doesn't work near as well as fenders, but it works well enough for my purposes.

09-11-2006, 06:39 AM
As a dedicated year-round commuter, I've noticed that while thicker tights (or the aforementioned rain pants from Campmoor) are good for your legs, you need to waterproof your feet to really enjoy the experience. I would try neoprene booties for clipless pedals, or using a good waterproofer (Snow Seal or the like, I'm talking solid wax here) on boots. Putting a produce bag over your bare feet, then wool socks, then another produce bag over the socks, held up on your calf with a rubber band is another trick to keep the tootsies toasty (keeps the sock drier and warmer). It doesn't keep the shoe dry however, so it will be very cold to put back on for the evening commute.

09-11-2006, 09:07 AM
and what about the ears and head. I keep my hair really short so even on the slightly brisk days my head gets kinda chilly.

Try checking out Buff (http://buffusa.com/). I got one as a gift, and it actually works well as a balaclava/neckwarmer/hat under my helmet. Basically it's a tube of fabric; there's a fleece version even.

Yes, it's the thing they wear on Survivor, but don't let that turn you away.

09-12-2006, 11:19 AM
SKS full length fenders. The longer the fender the better!
Also, add an additional flap to the bottom of the front fender, keeps your feet dry as most of the wet comes from what your front tire throws up at you. While your at it, add a mud flap to the back as well, this does the guy behind you a favor. :)

Good luck!

09-15-2006, 09:46 PM
thanks cb. i bought a rear rack a few days back, got it home, and noticed it was 90% empty space where i'd been hoping for the fender action.

i'll look into these skses instead.