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Do’s and Don’ts: Cycling in the Rains

Cycling in the rains can be fun. We prefer riding in the rains because its cooler, more beautiful and speeding bikers are few. Even the cars are a bit cautious (in case you haven’t noticed). However, the season comes with its fair share of challenges that you and your bike need to be prepared for.

Given below are a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind while cycling in the rains. We hope these tips keep your monsoon rides enjoyable and safe.



ATTIRE:

    • Clothing makes a big difference. So, if you don’t mind getting wet in the rain, stick to your regular riding suit, it’s the best way to enjoy the beautiful monsoons. For others, raincoats can be an option. The choice is yours.
    • A raincoat restricting my movements, wearing a helmet and gloves while riding is mandatory (irrespective of the season).
    • A reflective vest is a must as it gets gloomy and the vest makes you visible to approaching vehicles.
    • Restrict yourself to lighter shades.
    • Goggles will help protect your eyes from the rain.



VELO CARE (pre-ride):

      • Before every ride, check your brakes for proper functioning as brakes don’t

        function very well in the rains. Apply them way before if you feel the need.

      • Front and rear fenders should be installed to avoid splashing of mud and water.
      • We suggest you use both the brakes at the same time, since, use of front brakes can be risky and you may land up kissing the road.

A strong headlight and tail light is important in order to be visible in the rains. As are the reflectors on the bicycle. Remember, it’s the small things that matter.

RIDING:

Don’ t be a hero. Speeding in the rains, especially while turning corners can prove to be fatal. Avoid riding over shiny things like plastic, wrappers, leftovers etc.

      • It’s best to keep your hands on the brakes as you ride. Potholes, puddles, pedestrians and stray dogs are uninvited guest.
      • Be very alert. Listening to music is a complete no-no.
      • Stick to one lane and avoid overtaking.
      • Pedals are more likely to slip, so avoid going hard on them.
      • Riding in a group or pair can be helpful in this season.

We suggest you ride on roads you are familiar with, this way, you’re more likely to be aware of hidden ditches and potholes. Unfamiliar roads can be explored after the monsoon.



VELO CARE (post-ride):

      • It is important to wipe off the rain with a cloth and park your cycle in a dry place.
      • Cleaning and lubrication of the bike is a must. It will help prevent rust and prove beneficial in the long run.
      • Remember to check your brakes and tyres for the next ride.

Editor: Tracy Alvares

Written By

Abhishek Tarfe is a Certified Bike Mechanic from Park Tool School. He enjoys teaching people how to cycle and loves going on multi-day tours. Besides, he loves dogs and coffee. Follow his madness on Instagram

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