Just because it’s going to be a bit of a soggy week for quite a lot of us it doesn’t mean there’s any reason to shy away from the bike! Here are our top tips for wet weather cycling to help you stay comfortable and safe out there.
Dress to impress
You’ve probably noticed it’s also pretty warm out at the moment! Putting on a jacket in July might sound a bit strange, but we recommend carrying a really light rain jacket or gilet in your pocket, so you have something to put on to keep the rain off!
Waterproof overshoes can also help keep you a bit more comfortable, as well as keeping your fancy cycling shoes from getting covered in muck! Similarly, some people might not see the point in using mudguards when the heavens open. The key is in the name, though – mudguards are there to keep the dirty water from the road off you from below, while your rain jacket protects you from the clean rain water from above.
Riding on wet roads
As always, keep an eye out for things like drain covers or painted road markings, because they can get really slippery when they’re wet. Puddles might hide nasty potholes, so we’d advise against riding through them – no matter how fun it is!
Remember that you’re going to take longer to slow down and stop. Take it easier in the corners as well and you should be fine. For a bit more help, run your tyres at a lower pressure for some extra grip.
Making yourself visible is also a really good idea in the rain. You’re harder to see when it’s rainy and miserable out, so put on some lights (bright flashing ones are good attention-grabbers) and wear bright colours to make sure people notice you – and comment on how brave/mad you are for riding in the rain!
Look after your bike, and it’ll look after you
Our tips for caring for your bike after a wet ride are the same in summer and winter. Get your drivetrain as dry as you can when you get home, and keep everything lubricated and clean. Also keep an eye on things like rims and brake pads, which will wear down faster in the wet.
Want some more tips on how to ride in wet weather? Have a read through our guide to riding in the rain and on wet roads.
There’s absolutely no reason to stop cycling when it’s raining – and it can be nice and refreshing after a couple of weeks in the heat! Follow our tips and you’ll be able to soldier on whatever the weather. Have you got any top tips for riding when it’s raining out? Let us know in the comments below!