For most riders, biking in the rain is probably not the most ideal scenario. For those trying to maintain a training or workout schedule, or anyone who rides a bike for transportation, avoiding the rain usually isn't a viable option, however.
That doesn't mean that riding in the rain has robbed a miserable experience, however. In fact, it's still totally possible to not only cope with a rainy bike ride, but actually enjoy it.
Sounds good, right? These five tips below will tell you how to embrace the rain during your ride, and still come out having a good experience.
Your first priority with riding in the rain is the actual gear you’re using on your body and your bike.
As for your clothing, you need to keep yourself dry obviously, but also comfortable. If it's a little chilly out, you’ll likely need a few layers. For your inner layer, you should avoid cotton, and go for synthetic material, or use wool. This keeps you warm, but also allows your body to breathe properly.
For the outer layer, waterproof materials are needed. You have lots of options for this so go with whatever is comfortable and provides good wind resistance if possible. Brighter colors are encouraged too.
Your bike will need a few different gear components added on, if it doesn’t already have them. The most important one will be fenders. These not only keep you clear and dry, they can help your vision by deflecting water as well.
A bright headlight and taillight are encouraged as well, mainly for your safety in regards to cars around you.
Traction is a different beast when riding in wet weather. While properly inflated tires are usually the best for most riding scenarios, a lower pressure can work to your advantage in terms of traction during wet conditions.
Taking your pressure down by around 10-15 psi will give your tires added grip and traction to counteract the wet pavement. Yes, you’ll lose a little speed, but that shouldn’t be a concern during wet weather.
Oil spots and painted road markings become a lot more slick during wet conditions. Keep an eye out for them. If you can’t avoid them, you’ll need to at least avoid turning or making sudden maneuvers when riding over them.
As fr puddles, that small patch of water may seem like nothing, but you have no idea if it’s actually just a small puddle, or an actual pothole that could destroy your wheel and send you flying over the handlebars. Just go around it.
Your braking is not going to be as precise in the rain. Ease into the braking when stopping or slowing, and allow some extra room when you have a stop coming up.
Your bike will need some special attention after the ride. Once you get home, run a dry rag over the components to dry them off, so you avoid any rust. The same goes for your chain. After the chain is completely dry, add some lube to get it back to normal, ensuring the bike is good to go next time you take it out -- rain or shine.
Riding in the rain can be a blast as long as you are prepared, and make a few tweaks to your maneuvering. By following these tips, you can be sure to always have a successful ride, and end up embracing the days when the sun is nowhere to be seen.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:37 pm
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