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5 Bad Weather Cycling Tips

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Though no one looks forward to wet rides, there are times when less-than-ideal situation conditions come up when you are on the road. Thus, it pays to know how to make the best of a bad situation so that you can lessen the negative impact inclement weather can have on your cycling. As a precaution we would like to suggest these 5 tips for wet weather cycling. • Wear the right clothing: It is essential that you wear the right helmet and eyewear when riding in bad weather. The right eyewear helps improve your visibility when it is reduced by the elements and a good helmet is essential for head protection in the event of a fall. For head cover you may also wish to wear a skull cap or waterproof peaked cap under your helmet for extra warmth. Finally, consider wearing overshoes and gloves. These will not only keep you warm but they will also help you maintain your grip. • Keep your eyes focused on the road: While this is always a good idea when cycling, this is an especially important rule to follow during inclement weather. Often, the surface of a road will vary depending on the weather event that is occurring and the road’s surface. Obviously, you will then want to plan in your mind the easiest route. • Remain highly visible: There are a number of ways you can enhance your visibility if you anticipate that you will encounter rough weather. Cyclists should pack with them a bright rain jacket and reflectors just in case the weather goes sour during their tour. Also, consider bike-mounted lights (or clips on lights) to reduce the change of being struck by another cyclist or by a motorist. • Avoid standing water: Steer clear of standing weather. First, you never know what will be beneath it. Second, riding through standing water can expose you to freezing temperature. When you do encounter standing water, check around you for a safer route. • Adjust your style of riding: Just as many motorists do, some cyclists believe that they are so adept at biking that they will not need to adjust their riding style when bad weather hits. This is the wrong attitude to take. If bad weather should strike when you are on the road slow down, make wider turns and feather your breaks before coming to a full stop. We would all like to avoid potentially dangerous situations when we bike. But they sometimes do arise. Rather than being fearful of them, keep a positive attitude and use the above tips on our bike tour vacations to keep you and others in your party safe. Doing so will make one of the best biking vacations on the Internet even more enjoyable for everyone.

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