Friday, 23 August 2013

The rain will not stop me!!

In a few hours I will be embarking on a London to Brighton overnight on my Titanium Orange Brompton. Although not the longest of rides at 61 miles it does have more than a few hills and hr dreaded Ditchling Beacon (which I can't wait to bet another go at)!! I have vowed that the rain will not stop me...

Weather wise we will be treated to very warm if not muggy overnight/early morning temperatures but it is predicted to rain. This rain has been forecast as anything from a sustained light shower, periodic bursts of heavy rain and even precipitation of near biblical proportions. 

I have therefore decided to take no chances as far as my feet are concerned and will use for the first time a pair of Endura road overshoes. 






It was my intention to use these for the coming winter and the many night rides I will almost certainly take part in but this ride seems as good as any. They basically a waterproof neoprene boot with a cut out in the sole for ones SPD's. It's a simple but effective design. They have e following features:

* Waterproof welded seamless construction

* Scotchlite reflective logo

* Smooth neoprene upper

* Rear zip with snap-down puller and Velcro heel tab

One bonus feature is that the lining is a rather good colour that for some reason I really like?






The rest of me might not be dry by tomorrow morning but hopefully my feet will be. (If you are anything like me I hate it when my feet get wet). 

So, quite possibly while you are sleeping tomorrow morning I should be attempting my ascent of the infamous Ditchling Beacon. Make sure you keep coming back to see how I (and my feet) get on. One thing is for certain, I suspect tis is going to be a ride to remember...


UPDATE

I have to report that after the ride my feet were wet but no where as much as if I had of worn nothing at all. This was 6 solid hours of rain so under normal conditions - perhaps a commute they'd be okay.

The biggest surprise was that at the end of the ride the stitching on the sole had started coming lose and there were a couple of holes starting to form. Not very impressed! I took them back to the shop for a full refund.

I have to say that I won't be buying another pair with this type of material and until I do my feet will just have to get soaked!

6 comments:

  1. Overshoes will still wick water in the hole for the pedal up and soak your shoe. They work ok for a couple of hours but the pedal action sucks water and you get wet feet, so set realistic expecations

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    1. They did a pretty good job Nigel I will give them that but if you read the update there was a much bigger problem with these.

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  2. Very curious to know how your overnight went, and how you like the overshoes. They look like serious gear, but perhaps a bit stifling in humid summer rain? (If so, undoubtedly you'll get plenty of use from them in winter, regardless.)

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    1. They were perfectly fine in the humidity but the update to this blog tells you what I thought of them after use.

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  3. Best and cheapest way: Put on the socks you want to use. Put your feet innside thin plastic bags (the type used for a loaf of bread or similar). Put your feet innside your shoes whit the bags on and off you go. If you start off in dry weather just bring a pair of bags. Stop and put them on if rain starts.

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