Riding a bike in the rain can be a fun and exhilarating experience, as long as you take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Whether you're commuting to work or going for a leisurely ride, following these tips can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Dress appropriately. For both warmth and breathability.
Wear waterproof clothing, such as a rain jacket and rain pants, to keep yourself dry. You may also want to wear a rain hat or use a rain cover for your helmet to protect your head and face. Test out your gear - if your ride is longer, you may want more venting. We recommend considering a light base layer, a rain jacket, breathable cycling tights and waterproof cycling pants. Consider gloves (waterproof) as fingers get cold faster. Cycling shoe covers to keep your feet dry. Pack dry clothes for your destination in a waterproof panniers bag.
Biking in the Rain Bike Prep
- Use fenders. Fenders, also known as mudguards, can help keep water and mud off your bike and YOU. They can be especially useful if you're riding on roads with a lot of puddles or wet leaves. Fenders offer protection, style and are suitable for road, gravel and mountain bikes. Clip-on fenders make it easy to quickly install or remove depending on the weather.
- Use bike lights. It's important to be visible to drivers at all times, but especially when it's raining and visibility is reduced. Use lights on your bike, such as a headlight and taillight, to help make yourself more visible.
- Chain Lube. After your ride, before that warm shower, give your bike a quick rinse. Then wipe down the chain and reapply chain lube.
- Tires. Bike tires are important! Use a set of thick, heavy duty tires, when its slick. Use a set with thicker rubber compound for flat resistance and reflective striping for visibility.
- Cover your Seat. If you can't store your bike indoors after your ride - be sure to cover the seat with a plastic bag to keep it dry.
Calculate your Route and modify your riding to meet conditions
Use caution on slippery roads. Wet roads can be slippery, so be sure to slow down and use caution when making turns or braking. Avoid puddles if possible, as they can hide potholes or other hazards. If it is pouring, select a gravel path instead of the road. Gravel drains better and will most likely be less traveled and NO car splashing.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable ride while cycling in the rain. Remember to always use caution and pay attention to the road, and you'll be well on your way to a successful ride. Biking in the rain is exhilarating. It will increase your bike handling skills, allow you to dial in your wet weather riding gear and bike set up, and with practice increased confidence and FREEDOM to ride whenever you want.