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 out there.
Dress to impress
Although spring is just around the corner we recommend carrying a light rain jacket or gilet, so you have something to put on to keep the rain off when the heavens decide to open!
Waterproof overshoes can also help keep you a bit more comfortable, as well as preventing your fancy cycling shoes from getting covered in muck! 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 from above.
Riding on wet roads
As always, keep an eye out for things like drain covers or painted road markings, because they can get really slippery when wet. Puddles might hide nasty potholes, so we’d advise against riding through them – no matter how fun it is!
Remember that you’re going to take longer to slow down and stop on wet roads too. Take it easier into corners as well and you should be fine. For an extra helping hand, run your tyres at a slightly lower pressure than normal for some extra grip.
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 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 riding in the rain!
Look after your bike, and it’ll look after you
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.
There’s absolutely no reason to stop cycling when it’s raining – and it can be nice and refreshing! Follow our 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!