rain gear

Keep it waterproof: A guide to getting more out of your gear

Avatar by on March 9th, 2018 at 9:20 am

You know the feeling: It’s nice when it beads, but it doesn’t last forever.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland and James Buckroyd/BuckyRides.com)

James Buckroyd is our Product Geek. See his previous stories here and delve deeper via his website BuckyRides.com.

We spend a lot of time choosing our gear carefully and as we know cycling gear is expensive! Especially when it comes to all-weather wear. But do you know how to keep your Rapha softshell going strong? Your Castelli Gabba still stretchy, or your favorite Showers Pass shedding through the spring? With a little investment in care you can keep your gear performing well.
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Tested: Castelli gear to help you beat the rain

Avatar by on May 12th, 2017 at 9:57 am

Castelli has you covered for wet spring riding gear.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This year has been absolutely brutal weather-wise. So much water has fallen from the sky that it seems as though I can count on one hand how many times I’ve left home for a ride and not gotten wet at least once. The recent few days of sun have been a welcome change, but there are still a lot of rainy days ahead before the reliably dry late-summer-fall season.
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Bike Cozy handmade goodies keep you warm and snug as you ride

Avatar by on November 10th, 2009 at 11:05 am

[This is the first of several vendor profiles we’ll share in the next month as we prepare to entice you to attend our super-excellent BikeCraft V event coming up on December 5th.]

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Bike Cozy’s “Toe Cozies to Keep Feet Dry”
were a hit at BikeCraft IV.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Do you ever wonder how to solve that problem of cold, wet feet on your bicycle? Or do you have trouble finding a cycling cap that will actually fit your head and your sense of style? Ever wish you could carry and organize your cycling tools in a practical (yet oh-so-aesthetically-pleasing) way?

No problem! Check out Bike Cozy, a local, NE Portland based business that sells handmade cycling caps, tool rolls, shoelace wranglers toe cage covers, and more for “the fashionably practical rider.” Bike Cozy’s tag line doesn’t lie: its products come in a variety of colors and patterns and are made from practical, durable materials such as wool, canvas, and cordura. [Read more…]

Winter riding: Staying warm and dry on a budget

Avatar by on November 6th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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Raingear comes in all styles, forms
— and budgets.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Now that the rain has arrived in earnest, it’s time to get the daily wet weather riding routine down pat.

For many of us, that isn’t going to include shopping for a new, name brand rain jacket and pants, fancy washable wool, or a new bike with disc brakes.

Fortunately there are plenty of local options for staying warm and reasonably dry without going broke. [Read more…]

Product Review: Showers Pass “Portland” rain jacket

Avatar by on September 10th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

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Showers Pass CEO Ed Dalton sporting
the Portland jacket at this year’s
Worst Day Ride
(Photo © Elly Blue)

Showers Pass, a local cycling gear company, has been making waves with its “Portland” rain jacket since it was introduced in 2008. The jacket is notable for crossing technical outerwear with vélocouture flair resulting in a handsome daily commuter piece which serves you well on a fast commute and isn’t an embarrassment to sport on date night.

During last week’s rainstorms I took the Portland for a test ride and appreciated its thoughtful features and subdued appearance. It’s a stylish commuter rain jacket that has a fuller cut so that it looks like a regular jacket when you aren’t on the bike.[Read more…]

Showers Pass unveils new “Portland” line at Interbike

Avatar by on September 23rd, 2008 at 11:02 am

The “Portland” cap and jacket.
(Photos Jonathan Maus)

I may not be at Interbike (the big bike industry trade show going on right now in Las Vegas), but I’m still looking to share as much as I can from local companies who are at the show (read my story from last week for what other local professionals and companies are doing in Vegas).

On that note, I just heard from Ed Dalton, co-President of Portland-based Showers Pass.

Since he took over the company (it was originally founded in 1998 in Arcata, California) in 2005, Dalton has overseen a major revamp of the brand and the product line.[Read more…]