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What is going on with the weather? This morning I was getting ready to take N to school, and as I looked out the window at the rain, it looked like November. Out came my long cycling trousers and the sky was so grey the fluorescent jacket made a reappearance. And to think that on Tuesday I was in cropped trousers, a t-shirt and sandals.
Despite the weather, the exhilaration at cycling to the school is the same - in some ways it's enhanced by feeling at one with the elements. I hadn't anticipated writing an article on waterproof clothing until later in the year, but if this weather continues we'll be de-prioritizing all the summer cycling articles for ones about waterproofs!
In the meantime, the Guardian had a useful article last week on cycling in the summer rain - a good reminder that whilst the weather is miserable it's not as cold as in the winter, so there is no need to over dress.
However, the article didn't consider cycling with kids. It's important to remember that if you're riding to school, your child could be sitting in wet clothes - it's much harder to sort out changing at school than it is at work. Lightweight waterproof jackets are great, and waterproof trousers are ideal for boys in heavy rain. It's easier if they're in shorts, as skin dries quicker than fabric. For girls who have to wear summer dresses at this time of the year you may be struggling to keep the skirt part dry.
Obviously if you use a trailer, you just need to batten down the hatches, and whilst you may arrive drenched, they should be totally dry.
That said, today I cycled with the eldest on the tagalong and then later with the youngest in a front seat, and didn't get a single complaint about the weather. In fact the youngest was positively elated at cycling in the rain - I just had to ensure he changed out of his soaking trousers as soon as we got home. My guess is the novelty will wear off soon though, so fingers crossed summer returns soon......
This article was first posted 23rd June 2012, and has had links updated since
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