I went for a four mile ride today. It was about 40 degrees, and raining. I wanted to ride my hybrid with new fenders, and try out my cheap raingear from Wal-Mart. I ran a few errands while I was out.
I did stay dry, but the raingear doesn’t breathe. A slow-paced ride without too much exertion was fine though. If I had really been working harder, I would have been soaking wet from sweat. I was also wearing my new wool socks, and my feet were plenty warm.
It was actually fun to run through shallow puddles at 12 mph or so. I could hear the water sloshing under the fenders, and see some spray come out the sides. My shoes were relatively dry despite not being covered.
I did have someone yell at me to get on the sidewalk. Well, I don’t ride on sidewalks, it’s illegal in some places, and there was no sidewalk along that part of the road. I was taking the lane, but this was a five-lane road (including left turn lane), and the speed limit varied from 25 mph to 40 mph. I’ve always felt fairly safe on this road. I was mostly just amused.