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Recumbent Trike Rain Hood, 2011-04-16, ActionBent

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Uploaded on Apr 18, 2011

First of all I should explain that when it comes to rain.............., I'm a puss! I think rainy days are for reading, vacuuming floors, paying bills and sitting on the back porch petting any one of the cats that hangs around to be fed while watching the river level change and, with higher water levels, watching things float by that used to belong to upstream neighbors. So this idea sorta fits in with that type of 'laid-back' lifestyle.

This pannier rain cover idea came to me one day I was just playing around with an 'any port in a storm' mindset. But, the fun side of that play actually had a valuable result. We've all seen the sleek 'helmet-condoms', and other snap-on rain caps that are tailored to a specific clothing brand, but the notion that an extra pannier bag cover could quickly be installed for rain/sun protection seems valid. My Bell Citi Bike helmet featured 2 'braze-on' type 5mm threaded inserts on the rear of the helmet (actually within the molded foam padding). So when I noticed the 2 metal eyelet 'weep holes' on the bottom of my Axiom Large Pannier Rain Cover that just so happen to have a compatible hole pattern spacing with that of the helmet, the rest became history.

Grommets in the 2 cover holes would be best but I simply used rubber washers to pinch the eyelet to the helmet. That left enough extra cover in the back to form a drip overhang that sheds water outside jacket collars. The cover front was pulled forward and around that funky wicker-bill sun hood I had made then tucked into the helmet to hold the front from flying loose. If you'll recall, the wicker-bill can be adjusted during a ride like a flap, staying in place with rubber washer friction. So now, this cover can also be flexed around, even at the sides to help protect the face from any sort of weather condition (sun, rain, snow, etc).

During the Redbud Ride in KY last weekend I actually had two down hills and while dragging the brakes (for wet leaves and tree limbs on the road not to mention 'bikes'!) coasted to speeds of 33 & 39 MPH. Is the 'melted cheese' cover airodynamically stable..............., NOOOOOO! Thought my head was going to fly off from the updraft (no helmet holes I suppose). Bombing hills with one hand on the top of your headgear is NOT all that much fun, especially if a camera is in the other hand!

Did it work in the rain......? You betcha. Lots of positive comments, but only when it was raining. When it wasn't raining, it did manage to snag some smiles! So, did it add more fun for all on a fun ride? I suppose, but that was an extra besides the main goal of having a dry head.

I haven't tried to leave the cover attached (it's off not and already washed) and fold it in a neat 'wad' to the rear, leaving it available at a moments notice, but don't see why that wouldn't work. Also imagine a small 'trunk' area built into the helmet for those 'convertible top-up' moments. I doubt I'd do stupid stuff like this if I was still riding my Wal-Mart bike! Just call me 'hell-bent' (thank you) on doin' silly stuff!

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