photo from Monday. But today it was raining pretty good the entire commute. My rain jacket was nowhere to be found this morning. So I just wore a Prana long sleeve shirt to deflect a little of the wind.
Here's my thoughts on rain jackets: They're not really breathable, no matter how nice it is. When I wear a rain jacket, I'm warm at the beginning of the ride and dripping with sweat by the end of it. When I don't wear one (like today) I'm chilly at the beginning of the ride but I warm up just fine by the end of it. So there is really only one question... Would you rather be a little chilly on the first half of the ride or a little overheated on the second half? If you don't have a rain jacket, go with the first option. That way, you'll still be riding.
For me, I've got the jacket. I make the decision based on the length of the ride and the temps outside. Today it was mid-60's. That's plenty warm enough to keep me going without a jacket. And most of the time, I don't wear it. I would much rather be too cold than too hot.
I'm not sure why I'm sharing this. I think it's to get some of you to try riding in the rain. You don't need a ton of equipment. Just go for it. It does some damage to your bike, but I'll help you fix it. Just ride.
Get out there.