Top 10 Tips For Cycling In The Rain

Top 10 Tips For Cycling In The Rain

There are three main problems with riding in wet weather — getting cold, getting chafed, and staying upright. So here are 10 tips which should keep you comfortable and keep you riding. [Music] Now you can wear as many layers as you’d like to protect yourself from the rain, but there is always going to be a trade off. You see, you will sweat — you will — not as much as me perhaps, but you will. And realistically even the very best jacket will struggle to allow moisture to escape at the rate you are producing it. So it might be that you will actually end up staying more comfortable if you wear less and wear wet weather gear. So despite getting wet from the outside, you’ll get less wet from the inside but at the very least you should make the most of all the venting options available to you so that you at least regulate your core body temperature. [Music] Lowering your tire pressure puts more tire on the road which gives you more grip. It’s as simple as that which is pretty important on wet roads as there is a lot less grip — — so it’s important you make the most of your grip when you can. [Music] As I mentioned in the introduction — chafing can be a real problem when you’re riding in wet conditions. Now it’s firstly because damp skin can be a lot more fragile, but secondly because the water being sprayed up from your bike can contain grit — — which unfortunately can make its way quickly towards some delicate areas. So a good way to combat this is to try using some chamois creme — — even if you don’t have to use it under normal circumstances. You might just buy that bit more time of staying comfortable if you’re facing a long day in the saddle. [music] The clothing market is split into two segments when it comes to wet weather gear — — traditional soak-able hardshells that have got a water proof fabric and then sealed seams and then you’ve got softshells which are more breathable, less waterproof, but generally more closer fitting — — so that means that most pros use them because they stay aerodynamic, but in reality both types of shells actually serve different purposes. For longer steadier days out on the bike, a hardshell is going to keep you drier and therefor warmer — — but on shorter harder rides a softshell is definitely better because it’s more breathable and then it also doesn’t flap around. [Music] Another great way of staying warmer on wet days is a very simple one. That is just to ride harder. Now this can be difficult to do if you’ve got a very specific session in mind, but there’s absolutely no doubt that it is effective at doing the job. However what you might find that in order to do this you need to stay clear of roads that don’t allow you to put that effort in — — so I’m thinking predominantly of long descents. So on wet days try to ride on predominantly flat roads so you’ll be able to put the effort in all the way around and you’ll have the added bonus of that your brakes will last longer. [Music] It’s one of the best of value accessories you can buy. The humble casquette is also one of the most effective. Now it might only be made of cotton, but it will insulate your head in wet conditions and the peak will also keep some of the spray out of your eyes. [Music] Overshoes are great. Now they won’t keep your feet totally dry, but they will do a pretty good job on a shorter ride — — and of course the thicker pairs will keep your feet nice and toasty and warm but it’s also worth mentioning that they’re a good idea to wear just when it’s wet even though it could be warm outside. as they’ll keep your expensive “fox” race cycling shoes in tip-top mint condition before you pop your overshoes in the washing machine. [Music] Unless you’re running disk brakes, you’re going to have to face the harsh reality that your braking is going to be dramatically affected — — and even if you have got disk brakes on it’s going to take you longer to slow down and of course your grip is going to be dramatically affected on corners, but there is a way to remedy this to a degree — — and that is to make sure that you brake in good time before the corners. Now braking before corners is something we always mention, but in the wet definitely back off that little bit more because the last thing you want to do is grab some brakes midway through the corner because you’re going to really increase the risk of wiping out and crashing. So remember, brake in the wet a long time before the corner. [Music] As we mentioned earlier traction on wet roads is at a premium and some surfaces are worse than others — — so debris on the road is a really obvious one, white lines are slightly less so. Now these white painted lines in some countries can be absolutely lethal offering little or no grip at all. Maybe it’s a different type of paint or something, but what ever it is – it’s a good idea to avoid them especially when you’re braking, cornering, or you’ve got power coming out of your ears like mat when you’re accelerating. [Music] Keeping your hands warm when it’s raining can be particularly tricky when the temperature starts to drop. now you can get fully water proof gloves, but in our experience they don’t particularly work. your hands still get damp and cold. So the alternative is try neoprene gloves. Neoprene being the same material used for wet-suits. It doesn’t keep the water out – – rather it traps a layer inside the glove next to your skin where it gets nice and warm. So there we go — ten ways to keep you more comfortable and upright in the rain. Now if you want a bit more information about how to corner in wet weather we’ve got a video about that. you can get to it just by clicking up there. Yeah, and if you would like to see our tips on winter clothing for cycling you can see that just down here. and to subscribe to GCN – click on my soggieness because t-actually to be honest I cant- believe what we’re doing in the rain. Now I’m not – I was going to say my tip about riding hard was the best and we’re still stood still -yeah- Let’s go. I’m absolutely soaked.

22 Comments on “Top 10 Tips For Cycling In The Rain”

  1. I know this video quite old but why would anybody ride in the rain especially if the have high end groupset plus high end custom frame.

  2. Pro tip from Ryan Fransconi – there’s no such thing as waterproof gloves – except dish-gloves, so use them

  3. At around 4:30 were the camera crew spraying water onto the lead rider to make the rain look heavier? It’s on him and not the other riders and not splashing non the road in the background . 😂

  4. Under the conditions you guys were riding, it is impressive how well you presented this video. At least, I am impressed. Well done.

  5. I always take a small bag of talcum powder with me on all my rides. Absolute lifesaver. My shoulders get very sticky so a sprinkle of talk on any 'sticky' areas makes your ride much much more comfortable.

  6. Love riding in the rain, some of my fastest times have been in the wet.
    With 23mm tyres, mudguards and single pivot brakes. Not an issue.

  7. This is obviously aimed at the club rider. What about those of us who are commuters and don't have or wish to wear the 'clubbie' type clothing, but prefer something more conventional – ?

  8. Here's a BETTER idea: DON'T ride in the rain, because it's SLIPPERY (more chance for an ACCIDENT), and you'll avoid RUSTING your precious bike!!

  9. the cap thingy is a good tip. as a spectacle wearer, i hate riding in the rain as it clouds my glasses. as it happens im due for an eye test and will definitely invest in hydrophobic glasses, but any tips for this particular issue?

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