November 27, 2017 at 7:33 am #4522
It is a common sense that nobody likes to ride in the rain. There are times, however, that we cannot avoid it because we rely on our bike for our daily travels and not only!
If you have feared of a cloudy weather so far and avoided using the bike, it’s time to know some secrets to start enjoying the rainy days.
Waterproof jacket and trousers.
These are absolutely important for anyone wishing to ride on a rainy day. Technical cloths have made progress in recent decades and there are so many jacket options to protect you from the rain. A good waterproof jacket not only protects you from the rain but also provides the necessary breathing to allow the heat produced by your body due to the exercise to escape to the environment and not to be trapped and heats you. Keeping the trunk dry is one part of the equation, with feet being the second part of it. Cycling with cold and wet feet becomes tougher with each leg and the muscles cannot perform as it should with a high risk of injuries. Classic lira trousers do not offer waterproof protection, so there are cycling pants with waterproofing. For your daily commute, perhaps choosing waterproof trousers is a better solution. Do not forget to take off all the wet clothes by the time you go back home.
Dry and warm legs.
When it rains, you cannot avoid wet feet. Together with the rain comes the cold and things get even harder. There are many times that the wet cotton socks cause friction and blistering on the legs and make it difficult for riding. Choose the acrylic-type socks for the rainy days.
After we have managed and kept our feet warm and dry, we will have to do the same with our hands. A pair of well-waterproof gloves is what we need. The wet hands will cool much more quickly and easily, and this will result in reduced bicycle control, which we would not want to wet on a wet road. The solutions are almost unlimited, with choices for thick waterproof gloves that will never go through the water, to thinner neoprene gloves that will keep your hands dry and warm for a long time. What you choose is a purely personal choice. We will just say that the thicker the gloves are so difficult the finger movements.
Keep your head dry.
As you know, most of the heat is excreted from the body through the head. So a wet head will cool down much easier. A helmet under the helmet or a helmet cap will keep your head dry for most of the journey. The cap must be of a material that is waterproof, as babbling will do more harm than good. For those who use the bicycle on their daily journeys, the helmet cap is the best solution. They are designed to fit directly onto the helmet and with the help of elastic straps to remain in place. They also have reflective elements to increase your visibility to other road users.
Many are not willing to put mud flaps on their road bike either because they do not fit or because they will lose aerodynamics and their speeds will be reduced. Nevertheless, the mudguards are savage in terms of water being transported from the road to the rider. Aside from you, keep as clean as possible – and the bike, as mud, water and dirt on the road do not fall on your far-sighted skeleton. There are various designs and types, of plastic with buttons to metallic and aerodynamic!
Your cycling glasses are very important as they prevent water and road dirt – you have not put mudflats – put your eyes at risk for your personal safety. You should always wear them in order to avoid any kind of visible problems.
Be visible to other road vehicles…
When it rains and circulates with cars, then you are less recognizable to the other drivers. Heavy clouds, rain, sprays from cars all make you almost invisible. Place a pair of strong bicycle and waterproof lights on your bike so you can be visible everywhere and always. A yellow vest would be perfect in those cases.
If you are still afraid to cycle on rainy days, it does not matter. You do not have to prove anything to anyone. You are riding a bike in winter because you like it but the excesses never helped anyone. If you feel, that the cold is very heavy, and the rain very strong you should stay at home. It is preferable to miss some workouts, rather than risking your physical integrity with possible injuries. The good beach Cruiser knows his limits and never exceeds it. If, however you are stuck in the middle of a storm the best thing you can do is to get off the bike and stopover.
When you a bike in a storm you place yourself in a difficult and dangerous situation too because of the flashes of lightning. You can wait in a building and never above the trees and continue as soon as the rain stops.
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