With the arrival of October also come the rain and falling temperatures. This is something always has taken back many people when it comes to pick up the bike at this time, but if you follow some simple guidelines you will see that there is no difference between pedaling with Sun or a flood pouring on our backs.
1 Choose Clothes With Two Objectives: To Remain Dry And Visible
As you get more wet, colder feel. Being cold and wet is a quick way of catching a cold so the solution is to keep your body dry. A waterproof hooded jacket worth much, and although it is a priority to maintain the trunk of the body dry, it is also highly recommended to wear trousers that are above your regular pants. Once you arrive at your destination you take off your jacket and waterproof trousers and voila, no trace of water. There are also easy to remove and put on ponchos, but somewhat less protected.
If you have a tendency to sweat it seeks to avoid cotton inside since I end up soaked, and over time will cool. On these occasions it is more advisable to use materials that allow perspiration better and not soak as the polyester or nylon.
Another important detail is to wear bright and reflective colors. In the rain the visibility is reduced considerably, keep that in mind.
2 Glasses And Visors Effective
In low light conditions (as it is a cloudy or rainy day) is highly recommended to use color and crystal clear lensamber/orange/yellow, since they increase the contrast.
This is when the visors of the helmets serve as much. Although not provide protection to the 100% splash or rain, if they avoid all rain fog your glasses.
3 Driving Carefully On Wet Pavement
Wet soil reduces the adhesion of tires to the ground, therefore keep in mind the road markings on asphalt (pedestrian crossings, direction arrows, ceda step signals) and obstacles that may have, as metal sheets or sewers and goes over with the bike as perpendicular as possible to the ground. Thus eliminating the risk of falling.
4 Braking In Advance. Check The Status Of Your Brake Pads Or Brake Pads
Rolling with a mixture of dirt, mud and water is the easiest way to erode the brakes of your bicycle. Remember that rings most requires one full revolution before that brakes the brake surface water expelled and therefore begins to stop effectively. So itslows down gently and with anticipation. If you use hydraulic disc brakes not notice differences when braking are dry soil, but also the stopping distance is increased, so always anticipate is good advice.
5 Braking With The Front Wheel First
Contrary to popular belief, is the front wheel that stops the bicycle in wet, not the rear. Due to inertia, at the time of braking all the weight is concentrated at the front of the bike so if we stopped with the back this will lock and slips on the asphalt. First the rear brake front and the few moments. It provides for the obstacles. It slows down ahead of time. Not frenzy hit because your wheels can skid, and in that case, you will lose control of the bike.
6. Beware The Curves Tea
Place your bike at an oblique angle to rain is the simplest of fall, since only a small part of the wheels is in contact with the ground and with low adhesion which provides wet asphalt bike skid. Seeks to balance your weight on the pedal opposite to the curve that you’re giving and keep the bike as perpendicular as possible. The most effective is stop before turn and take it at a speed that will allow you to do so.
7 Usa Fender
With rain and soil wet mud guards are needed on both wheels. Exponentially increase your comfort and maintain your clean clothes. There are fixed, removable, and both mountain biking and road, simply choose which best fits your bike. If you have any doubts, send us an email.
8 Lubricate Your Chain Properly
There are lubricants of many types, based teflon vaseline, wax… for wet weather and dry climate. For wet weather have higher density which prevents rain is “falling” of your chain. This is without a doubt the most effective. Once a month clean with a brush and paper chain and when it is dry again to lubricate it.
9. It Takes Good Lights
That all to see that you are there. The rain drastically reduces the vision of any motor vehicle. The LED lights provide good brightness and quality price are quite economic. Remember to use a front light and a red rear light and wherever possible, they blink, that fixed the attention of drivers on the bike.
It is important to do is to see, and a good set of lights is the best way.
10 Concienciate That You Can Do It
Taking a proper clothing, some accessories on your bike (mudguards and lights), and paying attention to some factors check that with rain and cold the use of the bicycle can be equal (or more) enjoyable in summer.
So you know, out of storage bike and start pedaling.