Just because it gets a bit soggy from time to time doesn’t mean there’s any reason to shy away from your bike! Here are our top tips for wet weather cycling to help you stay confident and safe on rainy days.
Weatherproof cycling clothing
Unsure of what to wear when cycling in the rain? Even if it looks dry we recommend carrying a light cycling rain jacket or gilet, so you have something to put on to keep the rain off when the heavens decide to open!
Waterproof cycling overshoes can also help keep you a bit more comfortable when riding in the rain, as well as preventing your fancy cycling shoes from getting covered in muck!
Many cyclists find it useful to wear a cycling cap under their bike helmet during wet weather to prevent the rain from getting in their eyes. A cap can also help keep your head warm on colder days. Alternatively, you can invest in a pair of cycling glasses, which will also help protect your eyes from the elements.
Similarly, mudguards are not just useful when it’s chucking it down. The key is in the name – mudguards are there to keep the dirt and water from the road off you and your clothing, whilst your rain jacket protects you from the rain water above.
Cycling gloves will also ensure your hands are kept warm and dry, while providing a solid grip during wet conditions. Where possible, look for gloves with touch screen compatibility, so you can continue to use your cycle computer or other tech devices while out on your rides.
Cycling on wet roads
As always, keep an eye out for things like drain covers or painted road markings, because they can get very slippery when wet. Puddles might hide nasty potholes, so we’d advise against riding through them – no matter how fun it is!
Make yourself as visible as possible
Making yourself visible is also a really good idea in the rain. You’re harder to see when it’s dark and miserable out, so put on some bike lights (bright flashing ones are good attention-grabbers) and wear bright colours to make sure people notice you – and comment on how brave / mad you are for cycling in the rain!
Bike maintenance is key
Our tips for caring for your bike after a wet ride are the same in summer and winter. Get your drivetrain as dry as you can when you get home and keep everything lubricated and clean. Also keep an eye on things like rims and brake pads, which will wear down faster in the wet.
Cyclists can be more prone to punctures during wet weather, so it’s crucial to give your bike a thorough check before venturing out. You may find it beneficial to opt for tyres with additional puncture protection.
Wet weather can also leave bike chains prone to rusting so using a lube especially designed for rainy conditions is key. A good chain lubricant will ensure that your rides remain smooth when cycling in wet weather.
Be careful when braking
Harsh braking during wet conditions can be hazardous. When riding in wet weather, be sure to push down gradually on your brakes to prevent you from slipping or swerving on the wet roads.
During the rainier months, rim brakes can experience wear which can impact performance. As a result, it’s essential to check your brake pads prior to setting off for any implanted dirt or grit.
Follow our wet weather cycling tips and you’ll be able to soldier on whatever the weather. Have you got any top tips for riding when it’s raining out? Let us know in the comments below!