The nice fall weather here in Seattle is bound to give way to rain soon enough, and you’re going to need to keep your legs dry. Full on rain pants are an option, but if you’re riding hard your pants or shorts may get as wet from the inside out as they do from the rain. Rain knickers help balance out the moisture inequity by being ‘open air’ where your legs are largely sheltered from the rain, and waterproof where you get the brunt of the precipitation. Khyungyokpo’s got your DIY solution photo documented up on flickr. DYI still to expensive? There are other options as well. If you’re looking for a high-quality pre made set take a look at some RainLegs.
Khyungyokpo got a couple bits of advice for rainlegs ghetto style – these work best with shorts, and swears by shorts + the DYI knickers as the perfect rain gear. The DYI version has a built in safety feature as well – the unsecured bottoms tend to flap, attracting incredulous attention from motorists and cyclists. No word on the garbage bag version yet.