When I tell people that I ride my bike every day, a lot of people ask “What do you do when it rains?!” The short answer is, “you get wet” but the slightly longer answer is “with the right gear, its no problem.”
So because it is raining, and because I saw many happy riders today, here is a one minute guide for riding your bike in the rain:
Fenders, use them.
Helmet, strapped on.
Rain coat, rain paints, check.
Change of socks and shoes and/or rain booties and/or water proof shoes, yes please.
Lights, turn them on.
Metal plates, road markings, and manhole covers, these bad boys get extra slippery in the rain be advised.
Give yourself longer time to stop, wet wheels means your brakes work slower.
Water proof bag to put your work clothes in, good idea.
Take turns slowly, and don’t lean into them too hard, this will keep you rubber side down.
Thats it! It’s really not that hard.
Following this simple guide you should be able to ride your bike in any amount of rain and still arrive at your destination happy and unscathed. Simply walk in to where you are going, take off your rain gear, swap your socks (or better yet take off your rain booties), and you are ready for a day slaving away in your cubicle…better yet just keep riding.
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