Biking in the Rain
By Bruce Cohen - July 29, 2015
Sometimes you may be out on a lovely ride when the skies turn grey and suddenly caught in a rain shower. This can definitely put a damper on your ride but it doesn’t have to if you follow these simple tips.
- Be prepared- Consider buying a rain hood or poncho to keep in your backpack or pannier for rainy days. Or you may want to keep rain pants and jacket with you at work just in case a shower pops up. You may also want to keep bootie covers for your shoes to keep your toes dry as well.
- Wear clear lenses- Keeping a pair of clear lenses will help you with riding in the rain and help to keep the rain out of your eyes.
- Beware of puddles and rainbows- While riding along make sure to be careful riding over a puddle. It could be a HUGE pothole full or water and could cause you to fall and hurt yourself. Also rainbows on the ground may be pretty but could also be quite slippery.Those rainbows are caused by a mixture of oil from cars and the rainwater making it a possibly dangerous situation.
- Brake sooner- In wet weather, you want to make sure you plan to brake a bit sooner than you normally would. This will give you time to stop and not roll into an intersection or possibly hit a puddle or worse.
- Lights, lots of ’em- heavy rain can reduce drivers’ vision so make sure you have some lights both in front and in back on your bike. Consider putting your lights on flashing mode and adding them to your helmet and backpack as well for optimal visibility.
- Fenders- Consider adding fenders to your bike to make the ride more comfortable and keep the rain from getting you completely soaked. Once you add fenders and ride in the rain, you;ll wonder how you rode without them before.
- Get a second bike for the rain- Let’s face it, if you have a fancy race bike, do you really want to add fenders to it, panniers and/or ride it in rain and mud? Of course you don’t! This is your excuse, I mean chance, to tell your significant other why you NEED that second (or third, fourth or fifth. No judgement here. ) bike. This is the bike you can ride in the winter or the rain and not worry about getting it messed up.
Riding in the rain can be fun and exhilarating when you have the right equipment. Being prepared for rainy weather will make you feel so much more confident if a shower arises.