Riding a bike is always a pleasant experience, but when it comes to riding the bike in the rain, then the excitement becomes a whole lot different. There is no biker who will deny that he don’t like riding his bike in the rain. But, in reality, there are a few bikers who would flatly refuse to ride their bikes in the rain. They are scared that their bikes would slip off the surface resulting in multiple injuries. Their concerns are genuine because the traction becomes a bit weak, causing bike tires to slide.
Riding a bike in the rain is not an easy task, as there are many things to take into the consideration while riding a bike in the rain. If you have never ridden your bike in the rain, then you have to keep in mind that your normal pants and jackets will not be sufficient to keep the rainwater away. Getting all soaked up when riding a bike is not comfortable at all. Being wet for a long period of time can give you cold.
It is better to wear pants, jacket, and boots that are waterproof because only, then you will be able to fully enjoy the rain. There are many tips to follow when riding a bike when it is raining, but the most important tip is related to the clothes. Here are a few other tips that you can consider in order to have fun and be safe while riding the bike in the rain.
- You need to wear proper rain gear, which can keep you dry. Moreover, the gear should have areas for air to pass, so that your body doesn’t feel suffocated. The rain is going to hit you at a great speed as you ride your bike, so an efficient gear is going to keep you protected.
- There is a lot depended on the tires of your bike, so make sure that the tires have a good traction so that they don’t skid off the surface.
- Always keep an eye on the road because there may be areas, which are more slippery and can shatter your balance. Lower down your speed where the water level reaches a foot or two.
- Don’t take the puddles casually because you don’t know what’s hiding inside them. A puddle could be a couple of feet deep, and that can give you a difficult time.
- You must have seen rainbow-colored spots on the road, so you need to avoid riding your bike on top of those spots because the rainbow-colored spots are made when oil get mixed with water. Where oil is poured on the road, then the traction will be less, thus causing your bike to skid.
- The worst time to get out in the rain and ride a bike is when the first rain appears after a long period of dry weather. This is due to the fact that there will be lots of oil and dirt on the road, which will make your ride full of troubles. People like to ride bikes at a good speed, so when the tires get in contact with oil and dirt, it becomes very hard to control the bike, thus resulting in accidents.
- When crossing the railway tracks, it is better to slow down because the tracks are made up of metal, and wet metal is always dangerous.
- While applying brakes, make sure that you apply the rear brakes. If you apply the front brakes, then the chances of skidding become more, especially when you are riding down a slope. Only apply the front brakes, when the speed of the bike is way too much and you need to stop immediately.
- Keep some distance between you and the vehicle that is in front of you because it is a bit difficult for brakes to stop the tires quickly when it is raining.
- You need to have a helmet that allows water to dissipate from the visor. Moreover, the visor of the helmet should keep away the fog or else, it is going to be really difficult for you to ride your bike.
You need to stop immediately and take a cover when lightning begins. Riding in the rain is great fun and every biker should experience it at least once in the lifetime.