Nothing chills you to the bone more than 40 degree rain. Days like these are the ones that challenge your commitment to the lifestyle. Early mornings are difficult. Flat tire? How am I ever going to get out the door? But rain, almost by definition, requires you to pull up the covers and distract yourself with anything else, indoors.
The biggest obstacle to four season riding is the proper gear. If you get cold out on the ride, it makes for a miserable hour or three, or a very short loop.
I’m going to focus on probably the most overlooked and important pieces of gear, booties. It can be overwhelmingly painful to turn over each pedal stroke when your feet are cold.You literally count each stroke until you are back home. And then there is the pain of the thaw.