The rain cape is by Carradice and is a traffic-blinding shade of yellow. Some people have referred to me as “the human traffic cone” because of it. It may look stupid but it’s good that drivers can see you — especially because rainy days tend to make the sky dark and heavy rainfall may impair vision.
Rain capes are meant to go over the bike and the rider. This means that airflow under the cape is possible whilst still blocking the rain. The Carradice has inside-straps on the front to hook the cape to the handlebars. The inside rear also has straps to tie the cape to the saddle rails. This way, the cape stays down and the flaps don’t fly up in heavy winds.
The only thing I didn’t like about the rain cape is that with the cape over the handlebars, I can’t see what my wheels are going over. This poses a problem because riding on small wheels makes me more vulnerable to potholes, grill rails or cracks on the road.