Bikes and rain seem to not mix – but if you know how to cycle in the rain, you can get a good workout and keep your routine steady. Whether you live in Atlanta or Seattle, the rainy season seems to take place from May until October. This makes cycling almost impossible, unless you know the right way to cycle in the rain. Below are the best tips to help you better your cycling abilities, so you can keep going during the rainy season.
Wear Yellow – Or At Least Something Bright
We all know that dark clothing just isn’t great to wear in dreary, rainy weather. Riders and drivers cannot see you coming. It is best to wear yellow – or at least something bright. If you’re not digging a bright yellow cycling shirt, get a bright vest or hat to signal that you are around.
Invest in a Waterproof Jacket
Not just any waterproof jacket, but one that is 1) brightly colored, and 2) made for cyclists. This often includes vents under the arms to help sweat vent out, keeping you cool and dry.
Check – and Recheck – Brake Pads
When you cycle in the rain, you will wear out your brake pads more quickly than cycling in ideal conditions. If you aren’t familiar with checking your brake pads, take your bike to your local cycling shop – they can show you how to do it.
This should be common sense, but unless you risk riding off a cliff or into a car, please avoid potholes. Many times rain can fill a hole quickly, and what you think is just a tiny pothole could really be inches deep – and riding thought a deep hole could cause injury.
Install Fenders on Your Wheels
This is especially important if you are a group rider. Installing fenders on your wheels can not only help keep you dry, but it helps keep your wheels safe from mud flying up from a neighboring cyclist. Fenders are affordable – and you can often have them installed at your local cycling shop.
Reflectors… Reflectors Everywhere!
Yes, it can look cheesy, but it is worth the cheesiness. Have a reflector on your backpack, your rear fender, and the front and back of your helmet. These help you stay visible to oncoming traffic. Also, if you can afford a headlight for the front of your bike, do it!
Use a much larger amount of chain lube during the rainy season. Rainwater rusts like no other, and while you may think that you are using too much chain lube, you probably are not. Slick it on thick.
Invest In A Rain-Friendly Bike
If you are in especially rainy area, or if you vacation in rainy areas, consider a “rain-friendly” bike. These bikes may cost more, but they have all of the gadgets pre-installed, so you do not have to worry with anything that you need to purchase and install later. While this may not be worth the investment for the casual cyclist, it maybe for someone has views this more of a sport.