How to Ride a Bike in the Rain

Not everyone can get out with your bicycle when it is a rainy day. The discomfort seems to be too large a number eventually leave the bike at home, even if it means losing a lot of time in traffic jam or even handle all the grip on public transport, situations that only get worse on days like this.

Was thinking about this, I decided to assemble here in this article great tips to give you a force for cycling in the rain and continue maintaining your freedom.

Don’t be Afraid of the Water

Who lives in the big city have learn from early to always hide from the water that comes from heaven, is inside a House, under an umbrella or even in a car. In addition, the car is used several times as a big umbrella and expensive: closes the time and here we go with the car around the corner.

The first step to be able to ride a bike in the rain is to note that she is a part of life. It is essential for it to be made in food production, for all the survival of plants and animals, to adjust the air temperature and even to clean the pollution of our big cities.

Accept it as if it was a gift that nature gives us, as a fundamental part of who we are today and how we walk as a species to get here. The rain is like life. But very quiet out there, you don’t have to create a sudden passion for taking baths with rain! Also should not spend all day working with your clothes all wet if you don’t catch a cold.

And this is where we begin our tips for you on how to ride a bike in the rain. Of course, if it’s going to be a faster, rain is more worthwhile to wait some 10 or 15 minutes under a cover, but most of the time it’s not predictable or possible. One day you will need to face some raindrops.

Have a Good Cover

The thought of cycling in the rain, many people think soon on the covers that motorcyclists use. However, even though it is very effective to prevent the entry of water and cold, are very inadequate to be used with the bicycle, by blocking all output from the heat of your body and also in perspiration. And to make it worse, restrict our movements.

The best alternative for cycling in the rain is to use the raincoat and preferably that poncho model, which will cover all your torso, your head and a good part of the legs. There are covers features for use with the bike, with lighter fabric and some good strategic openings to allow the heat of your body skirt and perspiration can evaporate.

The cheaper option, but very efficient, transparent disposable rain covers that are found even in newsagents.

Install Good Fenders

Fenders are no doubt instrumental in time to ride a bike in the rain. The rain that comes from there the sky is clear, but that water the car tire splashes off the ground and that rises to the top is very dirty, whether by dust and dirt and drips of oil due to motor vehicles. Without Fenders, all this water goes right in your face and also straight behind your back.

The higher your Fenders, the better it will be, but as our bikes have hardly a Brazilian support suitable for installation, it is necessary to choose models that might focus on the seatpost below the fork.

Let Your Feet Always Dry

Another option very efficient and very cheap (even if it is somewhat strange) is putting their feet in plastic bags and tie, and can those same supermarket. But a lot of attention: it is essential to keep your socks on the inside of the bag, too, so that no water can penetrate through them!

It is advisable to use 2 bags in each foot and one on top of another for cycling in the rain. Today there is an accessory that is sold in other countries which is calls overshoes, which is a good waterproof cover to cover the your footwear. It works very well, the bad news is that it is almost impossible to find here in Brazil.

There is also the alternative of using a shoe that you don’t mind too much if it gets wet, taking another saved in your bag, so you can change when you get to your destination. You can also ride with your flip-flops, sandals or even your sandals. But always be careful for that your foot can end up slipping off the pedal when you are pedaling, or even when you support it on the floor when it is stop your bike.

Wear Gloves Whenever Possible

Use the gloves are great for cycling in the rain, and it is recommended even in normal situations, why protect your hands in the event of a fall and avoid the possible hand irritation, which is constantly in friction with the handlebars. On rainy days, are much more useful still, because prevent your hands from slipping on the handlebars.

As for the model of your glove, will depend on whether it’s hot or cold: the cold, the best is to use the with finger capped, so that your hand does not tighten your stomach. The essential thing is to be a guy that your hand does not slip the handlebar, so the right thing to do is to acquire the cycling gloves.

Control Your Sweating

Under your raincoat, perspiration can evaporate less and become more apparent. For you not to get so wet on the inside of your hood looking out, ride a little slower, breathe calmly and make a few stops. And never forget to hydrate during the journey, and if she’s cold is better for that will help cool the your body.

If Possible Always Take an Extra Outfit

Even if you always protect, it can happen that your clothes end up watering a bit. Especially your pants that end up messing with all the water out of the ground that splashes. So it is essential to take an outfit the most, even if only for the case of an event. If you in the Office have a drawer, leave her a t-shirt or shirt, pants and a pair of socks. Or, you can take everything in a bag, inside of your backpack.

Change to Reach the Destination

When you ride your bike in the rain and get in your destination, it is essential you change soon all the your clothes got wet (or even find a way to be able to dry them, using for example a paper towel).

It is worth remembering here that isn’t just for taking a rain that can take you to be sick: is staying with your body cold due to wet clothes, after going through all the warmth of the pedal stroke. Especially if you go to a place that has air conditioning.

Be Very Attentive on the Streets

Always take great care not to end up slipping, especially when it starts to rain. The oil that drips from cars joins with all the water and the floor ends up being too slippery. Stick one more downhill, never leave the bike reach a high speed so you don’t have to brake sharply, which may lead to falls.

The tracks of the pedestrians and various other markings with ink on the floor are also very slippery during a rain. Never brake on them, just in recent cases. Manhole covers and gratings can also lead to slip. And the flat plates of metal, used to plug holes and reforms on the asphalt, become a SOAP when on rainy days, take care!

If there is no risk of swerve, leave your bike “property” as you are passing over them, going in a straight line without changing direction. And never brake up these places, let it later when the tires hit the asphalt.

Always avoid places where there is an accumulation of water and it does not enable see what’s on the asphalt. May be there is a hidden hole or even a manhole cover that is open! Don’t take a chance on pedaling in places that are flooded, you may end up hurting and contracting some diseases.

Facing the First Rain

No doubt the first rain is pretty hard to forget, especially when she can catch us by surprise. The first storm that we have is a real release. You note that weather conditions is no longer holding you back to go with your bike, even on rainy days.

Cycling in the rain has kind of a taste of huge ULE that the mother never lets us do, as a good rule playful transgression very silly that grown-ups have to be the owner of yourself and do whatever you want.

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