Bike Commuting 101: Dealing with Bad Weather

Excuse #2: It rains too much in my town
The Truth: It's easy to keep dry and warm on the bike. In rainy Portland, Oregon, plenty of folks cycle through winter in thrift-store wool and waterproofed leather boots. Fenders, of course, are a must—and you can't beat Velo Orange's aluminum models (pair, $48; velo-orange.com). For outerwear, though, some of us prefer high-tech fabrics. The Showers Pass Elite 2.0 ($230; showers­pass.com) is a highly breathable, waterproof eVent jacket with lots of venting and smart details; the optional hood ($25) fits under a helmet. Gore Bike Wear's Countdown Gloves ($80; gorebikewear.com) laugh at rain and wind. The Showers Pass Hybrid Zip-Off ($100) soft-shell trouser converts to knickers. And Merrell's leather Chameleon Trek Gore-Tex ($140; merrell.com) is a storm-proof town-to-trail shoe that's great for flat pedals.

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