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Dealing with wet weather on a road bike

Coping with adverse cycling conditions on the road

Road biking can be highly dangerous when the roads are wet. Wet weather radically alters the conditions for the bike rider, meaning the cycling techniques employed in dry conditions have to be adjusted accordingly.

Not only does wet weather lead to a soggy and potentially uncomfortable cycle ride, there is also a significant effect on a bike’s tires, brakes and also on a cyclist’s cornering ability, visibility and group riding techniques. Here’s realbuzz.com’s guide on how to beat the dangers of wet weather safely and healthily.

Bicycle tires

Rain affects the grip of tyres on the road meaning that it is necessary to reduce speeds.

Bike brakes

Wet bicycle brake pads are less effective in slowing the cycle. To keep the brakes in a condition where they will produce some braking even when wet, it is best to keep some light pressure on the brake pads. The pads rubbing against the wheel rims wipes away the water so they can respond when pressed.

Cornering on your bicycle in the wet

When cornering, it is best to keep the cycle more upright than in dry conditions.Lean the body more into the turn than the bicycle itself.

Cycling visibility

In heavy rain, visibility can be poor, with water running into the eyes and spray coming up from other vehicles or cyclists. Glasses with clear or yellow lenses produce the best visibility in heavy rain. Also it is best to make yourself visible to others with a brightly coloured rain jacket.

Cycling in a group in wet conditions

When riding with others, it is best not to ride directly behind the rider in front as this throws up spray and grit. Also, stopping distances will be affected in the wet so it is best to keep a safe distance apart to avoid collisions.

Check out more cycling articles in our cycle training section.

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