As I got caught in a crazy summer rainstorm on the way to and from school yesterday, I was reminded of the challenges that biking in the summer weather here entails. I spend at least an hour a day on my bike usually, so I try to be as comfy as possible. And avoid having to stop in cafes to wipe off my running mascara with a napkin, as I did yesterday. Here are some of the things I've found that makes biking life easier in the warmer weather. Pretty bike basket and cup holder picture by Elizabeth Weinberg.
1. Summer dress - Look for loose and lightweight dresses that aren't too constricting for biking in.
2. Sunglasses - Good for sunny and windy days. I have a pair of clear sunglasses for the grey and rainy days too.
3. Cotton scarf - Great for layering and using as a picnic blanket if you stop in the park.
4. Bike shorts - Seems silly, but the Canadian in me doesn't feel comfortable with my skirt flying up.
5. Boat shoes - If you get caught in the rain, you won't be walking with wet feet for hours in these.
6. Zipper pouches - Pack all your biking gear up in pouches that you can easily throw in your bag.
7. iPhone bike band - I'm addicted to listening to podcasts from This American Life during my bike commutes.
8. Natural sunscreen - A helmet will help keep your face somewhat protected, but it's always a good idea to wear some sunscreen too.
9. Packable rain poncho - Yes, you will look like a tourist but these things are awesome if you are out in a storm.
10. Cuppow - To turn a Mason jar into a drinking cup so you can take your iced coffee along with you.
11. Cup holder - For that Mason jar of iced coffee I was talking about. Or your morning smoothie.
You can also find my guide to winter cycling here. Happy biking!