Most people do not like the feeling of riding in the rain outdoors, but learning to get used to the discomfort of riding a bicycle on rainy days, and trying to play their normal riding performance is very important. Especially for those who participate in the competition, being able to turn around when it rains can increase confidence; and for general outdoor cycling enthusiasts, getting used to riding in the rain can also avoid panic when it suddenly rains heavily. Let’s take a look at how to adapt to the rainy weather when cycling.
1. Dress appropriately.
Nothing is worse than not wearing proper clothing when it rains. Raincoats and rain boots are a must-have when cycling on a cloudy day, especially at low temperatures. When riding in autumn and winter, you can wear warm clothes that are easy to put on and take off. The warmth of the chest is very important when resisting the cold wind downhill. Gore-Tex textured gloves and jackets are also a good choice.
2. After riding on a rainy day, remember to clean the brake pads.
When riding on a rainy day, 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 pad to wear.
3. Be careful when cornering.
Very important! When it rains, slippery roads and gravel can make the tires slip, making cornering more dangerous. Therefore, the timing of braking must be early, and also must pay attention to the movement of other drivers. When cornering, the upper body is straighter and the speed is slower a little.
4. Avoid pumping when going uphill.
If the slope is quite steep (gradient 10%+), please be careful not to pull the car and avoid the rear wheel from slipping, because the wet road will make the rear wheel friction weaker. Maintain the sitting position as much as possible, so that the rear wheels bear more weight. Be careful of the metal on the pavement and the smoother parts, as well as fallen leaves.
5. Understand the road conditions.
It sounds simple, but sometimes we always forget the simplest things. Be careful of oil stains on the road (you will see colorful reflections)-at the same time avoid the turbid water pool, there may be stones or large holes under the water.
6. Install the mudguard.
Although some people may find it unsightly, at least you will not be sprayed with rain water all over your body, and people behind you will not be sprayed with mud.
7. Maintain a clear line of sight.
When riding in the rain, yellow or transparent lenses are the smart choice. The yellow lens is very useful when the sight is not good, 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.
8. Buy a spare bicycle on rainy days.
If you live in a humid climate, or if roads need to be salted in winter to prevent freezing, it is recommended to buy two bicycles. It is also very effective for training when riding heavy bikes during off-season.
9. Remember to turn on the lights.
The headlights have the effect of lighting, and also make it easier for the car driver to see you and other riders.
10. Learn to love cycling on rainy days.
This is probably the hardest part. However, if you think about it, when other cyclists rest indoors, you can still ride outdoors, which actually makes you more motivated. The riding distance can be shortened, but remember to go all out to maximize the effect of cycling on rainy days.