Most people don’t like the feeling of riding outdoors in the rain, but it is very important to learn to get used to the discomfort of riding a bike on rainy days and try to play your normal riding performance. Especially for those who participate in the race, being able to corner when it rains can increase confidence; for the average outdoor cyclist, riding in the rain can also avoid panic caused by sudden heavy rain. Let’s take a look at how to adapt to the rainy weather when riding a bicycle.
- Dress appropriately.
There is nothing worse than not wearing proper clothing when it rains. When riding a bike on a cloudy day, raincoats and rain boots are a must, especially at low temperatures. Wear warm clothing that is easy to put on and take off when cycling in autumn and winter. The warmth of the chest is very important when resisting the cold downhill wind.
- Remember to clean the brake pads after riding the bike in the rain.
When riding on rainy days, the gravel on the road will be more likely to stick to the brake pads and the wheel frame. You may also find that the wheel frame will be scratched by small stones and cause the brake pads to wear.
- Be careful when cornering.
Very important! When it rains, slippery roads and gravel will cause tires to slip, making cornering more dangerous. Therefore, the timing of braking must be advanced, and the movements of other drivers must also be paid attention to. When cornering, the upper body is straighter and the speed is slower.
- Avoid drawing cars when going uphill.
If the slope is quite steep (gradient 10%+), please be careful not to pull the car to avoid slipping of the rear wheels, because the wet road will weaken the friction of the rear wheels. Maintain a sitting position as much as possible to allow the rear wheels to bear more weight. Be careful of the metal on the road, the smoother parts, and the fallen leaves.
- Understand the road conditions.
It sounds simple, but sometimes we always forget the simplest things. Beware of oil stains on the road (you will see colorful reflections)-while avoiding muddy pools, there may be rocks or large potholes under the water.
- Install mudguards.
Although some people may find it unsightly, at least you will not be sprayed all over by the rain, and the people behind will not be sprayed with mud.
- Maintain a clear line of sight.
When riding in the rain, yellow or clear lenses are smart choices. The yellow lens is very useful when the line of sight is bad, it has the effect of lighting, and the shape of the scene will be clearer, which is not comparable to the transparent lens. Remember to wipe regularly.
- Buy a spare bicycle on rainy days.
If the climate where you live is very humid, or the road needs to be salted to prevent freezing in winter, it is recommended to buy two bicycles. Riding a heavier bicycle during off-season is also very effective for training.
- Remember to turn on the lights.
The car lights have the function of lighting and also make it easier for the car driver to see you and other people riding with you.
- Learn to like to ride a bike on rainy days.
This is probably the hardest part. However, think about it, when other cyclists are resting indoors, but you can still ride outdoors, this will actually make you more motivated. The riding distance can be shortened, but remember to go all out to maximize the effect of riding on rainy days.