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Riding in the Rain – Bicycle Experience from the Authors Desk

Every year, people eagerly await to hear the pitter-patter of the raindrops. While the first rain might catch you unprepared, it is likely you already have thoughts of getting home and curling up in bed. While there are many who enjoy the monsoon madness, the are a few others who whine endlessly about being wet and cold. One of them includes the cyclists.

While there are many who consider themselves waterproof, cycling in the rain can be risky. However, if you know the right way to dress up, clean and maintain your bike, cycling in the rain can be the best feeling ever! Here we present you with our founder, Abhishek Tarfe’s rain ride. You will love his Splish, splash and splosh moments.

As I saddle up in lycra, my grandmother’s wrinkled face shows signs of concern and worry. I promise her I won’t be gone long as she reminds me to ride slow, stay safe and be alert.

The moment I hit the road, the wheels run to a different melody. The sound of rolling ball bearings as I speed down a descend is like music to my ears. The howling wind keeps me from unleashing myself. My disc brakes make a screeching noise and instantly pricks my heart. The thought of my girl being in pain hurts, but then again, we know each other well. It’s what she does to grab my attention and not one to learn, I keep falling for it.

As I pedal further, tiredness doesn’t creep in, in fact, with every pedal the ride gets better. It’s soothing to the eye as one passes greenery and wet city roads. The gravel and the potholes really don’t matter anymore… I can hear the raindrops on my helmet and feel the break on my bare skin. How I wish my goggles came with wipers.

The water making a swooshing sound as I cut through the rains. It’s all around me, it’s all over me. The feeling of being in the middle of this event takes me to nirvana.The smell of the wet soil, ah! I doubt there’s a perfume that could beat it. The dirt and the water splashing from the tyres (I don’t have fenders). I hate fenders. I like it that way. I deliberately like to get filthy in spite of the different dirt patterns on my face.

It’s fun in a weird way to have water splashing on you as cars zoom pass. The feeling is like that of a wave crashing against you. Riding in the rains is like an adventure by itself. Definitely exhilarating! However, one has to be cautious.

Don’t be lazy and blame the rains. Get out there. Pedal it out. There might
be a time when you laugh out loud as it starts pouring heavily. I was shocked to be the only cyclists on a Sunday morning.

The overcast weather with its black clouds and the occasional thunder don’t really scare me. I wonder if the God’s up there are busy going clickety-click as I ride away with a silly grin pasted on my face. A cup of tea or coffee post ride is just what you need. A hot water bath and you’re all set to crash. If you haven’t experienced this, it’s about time you do. Mountain biking in this weather gets even better.

A common myth is that you may fall sick in the rain, well that’s because of the virus and your poor immunity.On the other hand, cycling will definitely boost your immunity.

Don’t believe me? Just google it!

The whole point is to feel the rain and enjoy it.

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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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