random thoughts on a couple things that transformed my winter / rainy season riding experience. that i've been riding in this region for 3 decades & have only (relatively) recently adopted these things... guess i'm a glutton for suffering?
-decent waterproof jacket is a given; nothing revelatory there. my big 3:
-big ass front fender. been using the small marshguard things for years, but damn, the mudhugger i have now actually keeps the face (more or less, with rare occasion) spray free. fantastic.
-waterproof shoes. why have i endured SO many years of cold, wet feet? i :heart: my shimano MW5's. play in puddles, walk through streams, no big deal.
-waterproof pants. i've been singing the praises of NF pants for a while, but waterproof they are not. when the weather gets properly biblical, and the atmospheric river is raging, proper waterproof britches rock. currently using RF conspiracy, which have been great - we'll see how they hold up long term.
the addition of a few good pieces to the wardrobe is fairly transformative - gross weather is no longer a motivational detractor, I'm comfy in any condition.