words and images by Anastasia Schneider
There's lots of wet weather talk about pit zips, vents, 2.5-3 layers, and taped seams but when you're thrifting you don't have neat sections designated to soft shells, hard shells, water resistant or even waterproof active wear. You may have to procure your Gore-Tex Active or eVent products somewhere else and find creative garment solutions in the endless sea of preloved wearables. Let there be no disillusion, this one all about thrifting, biking and gearing up for some fun! For the 3 (thrifted) outfits under 30$ rain or shine I showcase different cuts, while giving thought to fabric, fit and function for the city cyclist during the moody weather daze. And I cleared less than $30 for everything (plastic bag lining for inside the shoes is FREE).
OUR FIRST LOOK is underdressed with a one-piece bathing suit lace up front with sturdy grommets. When I thought about the inevitability of getting wet if it poured, I figured, let’s suit up for the occasion and CELEBRATE the rain instead of shying away from it. Paired with navy TYR boardshorts this dark duo works well for a warm, ominous, cloudy day or a hot summer rain.
The somber outfit is easily complemented with a black water-resistant vest featuring adjustable snap detailing on the collar and waist. It’s long even to cover your back while riding, a feature especially important in trying weather conditions. The sleeveless and lightweight shell allows full flexibility and ultimate breathability. Lady luck favored me with a matching embroidered Pompiers Montreal cap in navy. I would have easily struck gold with one from Phoenix Fire Department, but I was shopping local.
OUR SECOND not-quite-tomboy LOOK can be dressed up a notch with feminine footwear or worn with an eye for athletic style as shown here with shimmering knee socks and high lace-up booties. This jacket is a legit rain coat, and what I mean is it’ll keep all the wet out; it’s 100% polyester and designed with a function for activewear. This piece would be great for fall rain or a lighter drizzle/shorter ride in warm weather. The hood is detachable and the seams work great for a flattering silhouette. Simple, understated and a great length!
PONCHOS! Who loves frolicking in the rain with a poncho? Who loves looking good while biking? Shut the front door-you too? The front pouch of this shiny number is convenient for storing keys or cards, the hood and lightweight quality of the fabric are also winner. This duo tone poly/nylon piece reps well for the urban commuter. What’s best is little baby will easily scrunch into your bag when the showers pass. You can then show off your jersey mesh top, the ultimate in layering with an aesthetic purpose and feeling MORE of the fresh breeze as you pedal!
Next installment I wander into the WWW to purchase and review my newest cycling outfit!