More people are riding now. Weather's been mild. Generally dry. Perhaps someone will discover the overwhelming pleasure or riding and turn to bicycle commuting as an option. I don't know what characteristics led me to choose pedal power over hydrocarbons, so it isn't possible to predict what might motivate someone else. It's a simple matter of enjoy time in the saddle and being willing to deal with some negative stuff.
1, If it rains you get wet.
is no way to avoid the obvious. Nothing will keep you dry. The best one
can hope for is management of the degree of wetness. I sweat whether I
am wearing breathable or suffocating rain gear, and nothing is truly
breathable enough to counter the kilocalories of heat generated when I
ride. Accepting that wet is a part of the moment and dress to minimize
as much as possible. I have settled on a rain cape from J & G Cyclewear.
The English have used capes for damn close to forever. After a more
than a year I am completely satisfied. I know how wet I will get and
carry dry clothing and, if the temperature permits, foot gear that can
handle being soaked. Lacking rain-handling shoes, a spare pair. How do I
carry this and not have the dry stuff get wet? Waterproof panniers from Ortlieb, specifically Back Rollers Plus.
2. If it's cold you get cold.
it is a matter of degree. Twenty degrees is as cold in Florida as it is
in Ohio. It doesn't last as long, but it happens. The first thing to
keep in mind is that being warm during the first mile or so is not good.
As wigth rain wear. Heat is generated and if you are over dressed you
will sweat and become colder. Layers are the only answer. Learning what
works and what does not is a matter of experience. As with rain
preparations, carrying alternate and additional clothing is worth
considering. Hands are my coldest place, but has been moderated by
wearing Smart Wool glove liners. For about $16 and a pair of Harbor Freight XL Stable Gloves my hands were relatively comfortable to the upper 20s.
3. If it's hot you will be hot.
The only secret (if there
is one) is water. Hydration is the key. You will still be hot, still
sweat, but you won't pass out. I carry three 28 ounce water bottle and
on 24 ounce. During the 10 mile ride home I will often finish a 28 ounce
bottle. Even during cooler weather I make sure the bottles are filled.
Water is the fluid that fuels us.
Nothing monumental here, just reality.