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Does anything exist that would be suited to this climate, or will I just have to compromise between being warmer when it rains, and not ridiculously hot when it stops?
Thanks in advance, Michael
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First thing is to fit your bike with Mudguards. The majority of moisture you will get on yourself during rain (excluding a storm) will be flicked up from your tyres so mudguards are amazing for reducing that.
Second is that if you believe your bare chest will not scare small children and women, ride without a shirt.
thats what I do.
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beauyboy wrote:Second is that if you believe your bare chest will not scare small children and women, ride without a shirt.
I was thinking the same thing!
I'll be doing the shirtless thing this summer on my rides to the beach. Lycra tan is not a hot tan!
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Splashguards yes - and some are very cheap and take seconds to put on take off
There is the standard variants of Gillet/vests - my standard one is mildly water resistant - but absolutely cust the wind chill (which you indicated is your issue), and comes off in seconds and stows in a pocket. that and a wither lycra shirt keep me going through winter in Melbourne. I may end up damp or even soggy in very heavy rain - but not really uncomoftable
Alternatively there are rain jackets - there is a reall range from the $30 splashproof end to the cats and dog style at over $200.
It sound to me like a $30-70 jacket would suit your need - diverting some /most water and stopping the chilling effect afterwards, and still light enough to pack away and commute with without weighing you down.
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Your only out for 15 mins - and its Cairns FFS - just get wet - your not going to get cold.
In Sydney in the winter in the wet - I concentrate on staying warm and stopping the wind. getting wet while riding or running is a given.
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Certainly in summer it is pretty hopeless trying to stay dry (wet from sweat if not wet from rain!!) and what is the point really...its often a relief to get wet in the heat of summer. Quite like it actually.
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That said, I agree with the other posters about mudguards, though thats something that I've not yet done. As Supe says too, whats important is whether your backpack or other means of carrying clothes to work makes it through dry. Getting soaked on the commute in is one thing, having to spend the day in damp clothes is another entirely.
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