How To Ride Your Bike In The Rain


Riding a bicycle, for fun or for exercise, is a great way to stay healthy. Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions can make bicycling become a bigger health risk than its benefits. So, before you head out for bike ride in rainy weather, here are some tips to keep you from turning a healthy habit into a tragic accident.

No matter what the weather, smart bicyclists don’t leave home without their helmet. In many states, bicycle helmets aren’t just a good idea, they are a requirement. Riding without them is considered a crime. Also, since your bike probably doesn’t have a roof to keep the rain out, wear appropriate rain gear when riding in rainy weather. Be sure to choose rain gear that is bright – preferably yellow or orange, which can be more easily seen by drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists. And make sure that your rain gear includes a hat with a brim. While most helmets help, the brim will keep the rain out of your eyes. It isn’t quite like windshield wipers, but it will improve visibility.

Ride Bike on rain

Riding in light to moderate rain, when proper precautions are taken, can be fairly safe. But when it really starts coming down in buckets, the smart bicyclist pulls off and finds shelter. Waiting out the rain in a public building, a covered bus stop or even under the side of a highway overpass, could save your life and keep you from endangering others. It’s also a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and how long you’ll be. That way, if the worst happens, they will be able to find you more quickly.

Adjusting speed on wet roads will also help avoid accidents. Being aware of the longer distance needed in braking might mean slowing down a little, but its better to slow down than not get there at all. Your bike should be thoroughly checked over before heading out into wet weather. Make sure it has the proper reflectors so cars can see it, even in foggy rain and make sure that your tires are inflated properly. Check out the brake cables and oil those gears. Proper maintenance is a priority in bicycle safety whatever the weather may be.

Ride Bike on rain

So, if you’re going to ride your bike on a rainy day, or night, wear the right equipment including your helmet, make sure that you have on reflective rain gear with a brimmed hat and be sure that your bike is road ready. Following these simple rules might keep bicycling a healthy habit, even in the rain.

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About the Author: Vincent Carreno is a cars enthusiast who loves all things about cars and the automotive technology. He is also the chief editor at a local magazine which shares new, exciting and informative articles about troubleshooting car problems.

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