Re: [Geared_hub_bikes] Re: Off topic: My worn-out rain cape
- Bah humbug, David! I'm of a certain set of mind that says be sure the item is beyond repair before replacing.
I do use a rain suit, specifically for motorcycling, when riding my Royal Enfield 350 but do prefer a cape when cycling in rain
Thanks for taking the time to reply,
AlFrom: David Dannenberg <ddannenberg@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:44 AM
Subject: [Geared_hub_bikes] Re: Off topic: My worn-out rain cape
At the risk of sounding profligate, I would say that after 22 years the cape doesn't owe you anything. Retire it and get a new one. If you liked it, get one just like it. Personally I prefer a Gore-tex or similar dedicated biking rain jacket and pants. They have nice zippers including vents in the arm pits, velcro sleeves, a flap that folds down to protect your butt and back if riding a bike sans fenders, and best of all they keep you pretty dry as they do a reasonably good job of keeping water out and letting vapor escape. Until I started wearing garments such as those I simply resolved to be wet from rain or sweat as nothing worked (well, umbrellas work well, but not on bikes) to keep me dry in wet weather. REI, a nice bike ride away from most anywhere in Philadelphia, sells great stuff and most of it carries a lifetime warranty; if it looses its coating in 22 years you might press for a free replacement.
- Bob, that poncho/cape seems like an excellent value for money and will certainly order one if the Scotch Guard treatment of my current cape doesn't do the job.