Q: Your item in newsletter issue a past newsletter about riding in Seattle rain was perfect timing. We’re into the winter rains here in California. I have learned to layer my clothes, but I hate riding with wet feet and crotch. Any suggestions? — Robert R.
COACH FRED: Are you using fenders? They’ll keep your crotch drier than when riding a fenderless bike with a big rooster tail of spray hitting your butt. Also, wear a rain jacket with a rear flap that hangs over the saddle.
To keep road spray off your feet, install a mudflap on the front fender. Commercial fenders don’t have mudflaps that are long enough. You can fabricate one from a piece of plastic milk jug, detergent bottle or even water bottle. Attach it with epoxy and/or small bolts. It should be about three inches wide and extend almost to the road.
To keep rain from soaking your feet, put a plastic produce bag under your shoe covers. Your feet may get damp from perspiration, but at least it’s warm wetness.
Commercially, try the shoes covers from Burley. They’re thin and not form fitting, but they’re waterproof.