Dry legs, is it possible?
The Isle of Wight has suffered from drought this summer but this week the rain has returned with a vengeance. We had two inches on Sunday and its continued in a similar vein all week which has come as rather a shock to we soft southerners! When I was a big tough northerner (or was I just rather younger?), and skint to boot, I used to accept sitting in a puddle as a fact of life but now I've been looking at ways to try to avoid it. There is a wide range of waterproof leg wear for cyclists but is any of it actually worth the hassle?
On those horrible cold winter days, when the rain is lashing down, a pair of full length cycle specific overtrousers are great. Of course you also need overshoes to stop them funnelling it all into your shoes! Most of the time though they are just too warm and rapidly create that 'boil in the bag' feeling. A few years ago I saw these 'Rainlegs' advertised and thought that they looked like a good solution.
Unfortunately I just can't get on with these. The material in the crotch seems to hang down so that if I get out of the saddle it catches on the nose when I sit down again and I then have to have an awkward wrestling match before I can get comfortable. They have thicker material over the knees which I find becomes uncomfortably hot after a little while. So they are now lying somewhere at the bottom of the cupboard as I prefer to just get wet.
Earlier this year Wiggle was selling their DHB E Vent shorts at a good price. They are really intended to stop mountain bikers having a permanently wet bum but they looked as though they might serve my purpose.
I do like these in heavy rain, my nether regions stay warm and dry instead of that horrible soggy chammy feeling. They are a long way short (if you'll pardon the pun!) of being perfect though. The legs are slightly flared which means the ends flap on my top tube with every pedal stroke. This is irritating, especially in conjunction with the usual swishing noises that you get from any waterproof. I'm also worried that if repeated often enough it might be enough to damage my paintwork, although this might just be me being paranoid!
Is there a perfect solution, or is it just a case of put up and shut up?