Riding in the rain can be dangerous. Aside from the slippery road, the pouring rain can also affect your vision. But why, amidst strong rains, are there cyclists still happily riding their bikes? It seems that nothing can stop avid cyclists in doing what they love to do—ride their bikes. Should a bad weather hinder you from the pleasure of cycling?
Aside from the hazards cycling in the rain entail, it can also be quite uncomfortable to be soaked while pedaling to get to your destination. Despite the fact that there are multiple reasons not to ride while it’s raining, seasoned cyclists have found ways to do so. Cyclists who live in places where it rains frequently are used to biking in the rain.
On the other hand, cycling in a rainy weather seems inviting because of the challenge. The sense of being unstoppable also adds to the appeal of riding while raining. Proper preparation is necessary if you want to try cycling despite the rain.
One important thing to prepare for is staying dry even when it’s raining hard. Prepare to gear up for a rainy weather, wear fully-waterproof garments (jacket, thermal tights, shorts with leg warmers) not only to stay dry but also to stay warm. Wearing rubber gloves is also essential. Waterproof or rubber boots are also important as well. Your bag should be waterproof, too. Wear a helmet that will protect your head but won’t limit your vision. You may also want to wear glasses with clear lenses to protect your eyes. Avoid wearing helmets or hoods that can impede your hearing; you need to be totally aware of your surroundings especially when you’re on the road. You need to be alert and hear vehicles as they pass.
Checking your brakes from time to time is essential. Make sure that your brakes are working perfectly to avoid accidents. Brakes can be a bit harder to control when wet. Also put mudguards on your bike to prevent mud and water splashing on your face or other cyclists’ faces.
Although it may seem fun, avoid puddles as they may damage your bike and tires.
Don’t stop too suddenly. Anticipate when you need to stop and don’t press on brakes abruptly. Slow down before completely stopping to avoid slipping.
Be extra careful when turning on corners, just as with stopping, slow down. Sudden movements or leaning hastily on wet, slippery road can lead to mishaps.
Decrease your speed. Yes, it’s important to get to your destination, but it’s still better to get there safe and in one piece.
Make sure that other cyclists and motorists can see you. Use bright lights on your bike, even on your helmet.
It’s possible to enjoy the thing you love doing most even in bad weather. With proper preparation, proper attitude and proper precaution, riding your bike in the rain can even turn out to be an enjoyable experience.