There are three main problems with riding in wet weather: getting cold, getting chafed, and staying upright. Here are 10 tips that will keep you warm, comfortable and off the deck when riding in the rain.
- Balance staying dry with drowning in sweat by dressing appropriately
- Lower tire pressure, which puts more tire on the road and thus gives you more grip
- Use chamois cream to help avoid chafe on your backside
- Use a rain jacket – hard shell or soft shell or both at the same time
- Ride harder and you’ll stay warmer (flat roads are best for this)
- Wear a cap under your helmet to keep your head warm
- Use shoe covers
- Brake earlier when heading toward a corner or stop sign
- Avoid the painted lines on the road. They’re slicker than the tarmac when wet
- Wear a pair or neoprene gloves, the same material used for wet suits
For more details, check out this soggy video from our friends at the Global Cycling Network.