I have my new raincoat with me, and a full helmet too.

I bought a two-piece one made by Jump, which is one of the popular brands around here. (I avoided those one-piece trenchcoat kinds, which I call "raindresses".) I wore the jacket last night for the first time, to dodge some light rain. It has a mesh lining inside, and a vent in the back, which is good: the mesh prevents sticking to your skin, and the vent vents hot air as you ride. And there's a little arm pocket for ... things that you would normally put in an arm pocket if you had one. I don't remember much about the pants, but they're just pants -- no shoe protection. This suit came to $700 NTD, originally $790, because I downright suck at bargaining.

The helmet I bought is the Zeus 508, which is a full helmet that flips up. It's silver and it actually fits my head (as in it's small enough). And I'm using my old workout glove when riding, to lessen the callouses on my gas hand (right hand).

Actually, all this stuff together makes the bike a lot easier to ride, and makes it react better to me, letting me ride a lot faster as well. The glove makes the throttle more responsive to my hand, and the helmet blocks out the whistling and extra noises. The jacket, it's just for looks, so I can turn heads at how cool I am.

It's awesome. I look so cool (not). Even cooler with the jacket (really not). And now, I'm equipped now to handle the upcoming typhoon. Except for the workout glove part.


Rich and Angel said...

I'm curious. Taipei must be a pretty warm place so I imagine you don't always wear long pants. Given your raincoat probably resembles a trench coat, do you walk around town in shorts and a rain coat a la flasher-style?

Ben said...

I probably would if I had bought a one-piece "raindress" (see bolded word in my original post) instead of the two-piece jacket and pants I pointed out.

Plus, on days that are sunny/hot, I don't need to wear the raincoat. And on days that are rainy, they tend to be cooler, so I may end up wearing long pants anyhow.

And those raindresses are more commonly worn backwards (that is, with buttons/zipper on the back) like a hospital gown, so that water/rain doesn't seep through during faster riding.

Rich and Angel said...


You just gave me a money-making business idea. I think I could make a killing selling raincoats with zippers on the back on Davie Street. I think the whole "faster riding" concept would be a great marketing ploy.

Ben said...

Hey, however you want to justify the copious amounts of time you spend on Davie Street ... it's none of our business.

Either way, it would probably fare better than those rainpants with the zippered flaps in the butt for faster pooing during roadtrips. "Go on the go!"