‘Tis the season to buy rain chaps.
Fa la la la la la la la la.
The thing about rain is that it doesn’t really prevent you from cycling, but it can make it pretty miserable.
I know many of you (I’m looking at you, my Midwestern homies) are liver-deep in snow, but many of our country-women and -men are in their rainy season. For example, Portland, Ore., experiences its highest rainfall—normally 5.71 inches—in the month of December.
That’s quite a bit of rain.
For a reference point, New York City normally gets 3.95 inches of precipitation in December, and Chicago gets 2.43 inches.
That’s why my friend, Pawl, in Portland has turned to rain chaps.
He says he’s tried different combinations of pants, shorts, and gaiters, but that ultimately rain chaps were the best solution. He first tried to fashion a pair with his own sewing skills and then resigned to buying a pair for $60.
“They have been one of my favorite purchases I have ever made,” Pawl says.
And I’ve seen them available for less than $60 too.
Myself, I’ve never worn a pair (we chapped-lipped Denverites get .63 inches in December), but I’m excited to know there’s apparel out there that’s specifically designed to make year-round cycling possible.
If you’re reading these words in the Pacific Northwest or some other place with a wet winter (perhaps Solingen, Germany?!), consider getting a pair.