Bicycling in rain will rarely list a hobbyist’s choice. But regardless if you’re doing it because the rain started unexpectedly. because it was raining on the way out and you just had to work, or the training program said that you had to do it – we all find ourselves submerged in the rain in some cases.
Here are some tips for keeping the soaking wet:
Invest in a good waterproof jacket:
A jacket is one of the most important items of clothing for cycling in rain. A good waterproof jacket will not only keep your torso dry, it will help you to regulate your body temperature. Gore Tex is waterproof and breathable because it is the best ingredient. An acceptable breathable material is essential so that you do not overheat.
A thin rain jacket or ‘shell’ can also be used with the correct layers underneath, though continuous or very heavy rain will eventually overcome.
Keep the splash off with mudguards:
Mudguards assist when cycling in the rain.These may not look great and may be random, but they are necessary. Mudguards will keep all that dirty water on your feet, lower legs, and back roads (where non guarded wheels will spray water with careless discharge).
If you miss the rain, the roads will be wet. That (dirty) water then stays with the wheels and makes you wet and cold. The flap on the front guard will give you more protection.
Wear overshoes and gloves:
The first part of your body to maintain court temperature is that you will feel uncomfortable when your hands and feet get wet and cold.
If the gloves are a bit hard to get properly, the water resistant overshoes are worth their weight in gold.
You need to protect your cycling gloves from being too thick so that your bike is restrained because you still need to be able to feel the brakes and gears through all those elements. However, many brands create neoprene gloves that keep out the rain and allow you to maintain efficiency.
Use chain degreasers:
cycling in the rain will take you to your bike chain After a ride in the rain you should get an instant shower and dry. The same goes for your chain.
Put it on the cover in the degreaser (both the WD40 or GT85 have specific specific degreasers on the bike, such as the Mac Off), forcing it to dry with a rag until it dries. Then a few drops of lube will protect it on the next ride. Do this and it can double the lifetime of the chain.
It is a good idea to spray other metal moving parts as well; Front and rear gear mechanism and brake calipers. Try to keep the degreasers away from the Highs, bottom bracket, wheel rims and brake blocks. Ideally your entire bike will be washed after soaking, but we know it’s not very realistic
Wear a cycling cap:
A cap save leaves your eyes watery cycling in rain.The air vents of the helmet are great in heat, with little to no rain. An inexpensive cycling cap worn under your helmet is a good barrier for your head, while the top offers extra protection for your eyes against the spray.
Other options include a scall cap (though they do not have a pinch) or aero helmet, many of which have plastic covers or low vents.
Avoid standing in water:
Run it clean. Not only does standing water get you wet, it can be incredibly dangerous because you don’t know what’s hidden underneath. It may be just a trash, but then it can be a wheel disasters.
While you’re standing and watching the water, examine your shoulder before stepping out to safely ‘climb the lane’ (most standing water will gather near the curb). Only walk through standing water if you can clearly see what’s underneath.
Check your tire and reduce stress:
Rain water washes all sorts of roads and when your tires get wet, they take it higher than normal.
After each ride, check your tires for flints, glass and other debris. Also check for tire cuts that may weaken the carcasses or allow the inner tube to shake.
Bike tires on winter roads:
It is a good idea to drive a heavy tire with a dense step in the winter. Why not try to drive a 25c tire with a little less pressure. Running your rubber under a little pressure