cycling in the rain: bike seat covers
When I decided to start bike commuting on a daily basis, I told myself that I would do it despite the heat, rain, cold, or snow – as long as the road conditions were safe and I wasn’t being too unreasonable. (Of course, how I define ‘unreasonable’ is highly subjective and likely different from what someone else might deem so.)
It has rained occasionally this summer and I have stayed true to my promise to keep cycling on such days. I’m hardly being that novel – lots of bike bloggers have written about their commutes in the rain and most Europeans would likely be surprised by the notion of only cycling in ‘perfect’ weather conditions. It seemed to me like most Germans in Munich – where it rains A LOT – had no hopes of seeing a cloudless sky on most days and rode their bikes thus equipped:
I saw many bright and colorful saddle covers in Munich this past spring. I also saw many cyclists throw a plastic cover over their backpacks and a light rain cover over their clothes to keep cycling on not so sunny days.
Before leaving Munich this spring, I picked up a saddle cover for myself. I didn’t even have to go to a specialty bike store to find it, the local bookstore had a collection of them in the ‘spring’ arrivals section along with books on outdoor grill recipes, picnic accoutrements, and summer travel guides. How nice to just find cycling accessories thrown in with BBQ paraphernalia in the local bookshop.
The red and white polkadot seat cover was by far the most popular look I saw this spring. Ubiquitous among the young and old, the new and the vintage bike lovers, it covered many a bike seat in the university bike parking areas. I chose the white and blue cover and was pleased to see that it comes with a drawstring elastic edge for a snug saddle fit and that it is large enough to even cover a broad cruiser saddle.
I have been leaving my saddle covered on rainy days and it’s worked like a charm. The seat stays dry and my Brooks leather stays protected.
This way, I can still hop on my bike and enjoy the ride despite a bit of wetness. And wouldn’t it be a shame to miss out on this kind of fun…