Cyclist in rain

  1. Have Waterproof Gear: Always carry waterproof pants, a rain jacket and rain boots, if possible. Don’t get caught in unexpected rain. You don’t want to arrive at your destination drenched. Even having a folded-up rain poncho in your backpack will help immensely.
  1. It’s All About the Brakes: Slippery roads mean top-notch brakes. Learn to adjust your own brakes or take it to the bike shop and have someone do it for you. Either way, get it done. Make sure your brake pads are clean from leaves or mud. You also might want to brush up on your wet-braking techniques and consider getting a bike with disc brakes, which increases your braking power. And remember to brake more on the rear wheel, and do it slowly to prevent spinouts. Give yourself twice the amount of time to come to a stop as you would in the summer.
  1. Light it Up: Don’t underestimate the importance of proper lighting. Wear reflective gear wherever and whenever possible to make yourself visible to motorists during low light, bad weather and dark night riding conditions.
  1. Don’t Forget Your Fingers and Toes: Ever wonder why it’s easier to dip your feet into a super-hot tub or ice-cold pool first before jumping in? It’s because your feet, hands and head serve as barometers for the rest of your body. If you keep your extremities and your dome nice and toasty with gloves, an under-the-helmet beanie and good socks, your whole body will feel nice and toasty too.
  1. Safety First: Motorists are less aware of bikers in the winter, especially if it’s raining. Ride defensively and be sure to make eye contact with drivers. Also, be prepared. Plan a sensible route to match the weather forecast.