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Driving in the rain - our advice

Bad luck: while you had planned a long bike ride on this day of rest, the rain plays as a last-minute guest. And cycling in the rain means slippery roads, clothes that stick to your skin, reduced visibility... Just thinking about what awaits you can take a big hit to your motivation.

If we do not promise to make you enjoy cycling in rainy weather with the wave of a magic wand, we have nevertheless listed some tips that will allow you to better understand the vagaries of the weather.

Waterproof equipment: essential for cycling in the rain

Nothing is more unpleasant than finishing an outing totally soaked and stuffed (or even freezing) in clothes that stick to your skin. It is therefore essential, if you plan to ride in the rain, to invest in waterproof technical equipment.

  1. Put a hat under your helmet or a cover over it. Your head stays dry. There are different types of hats. The most effective are those made from waterproof fabric. Their disadvantage: they are not breathable and can therefore cause some discomfort. You can therefore opt for an intermediate solution with the cotton hat: not too hot and which provides acceptable protection against rain that is not too heavy. You also have the option of wearing an aerodynamic helmet and blocking the vents.

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Improves performance and alertness / Reduces muscular and mental fatigue.

  1. Waterproof socks and gloves are essential if you must ride in rainy weather. This equipment is often made of neoprene and retains your body heat while preventing it from getting wet. They are available in several models and adapt to all types of climatic conditions.
  2. Water-repellent jackets and tights are other essential items if you regularly have to cycle in the rain. The latest models benefit from the advantages of technical textile called Gore-Tex®. They are waterproof and breathable and allow you to stay dry for a long time. Prefer close-fitting clothing: rain is often accompanied by squalls. And, in addition to suffering the inconvenience of the rain, you certainly don't want to ride into the wind suffering from the parachute effect .

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Source of energy for the muscle / Improves alertness and reduces fatigue / Contributes to normal energy metabolism / Powerful antioxidant

  1. Don't forget about a pair of suitable glasses if you have to ride your bike and it's raining. Seeing well is essential and it is best to protect your eyes from water and mud that could bother them.

A well-prepared bike

If you want to go out cycling in rainy weather, consider installing mudguards .

There are mudguards that clip on and are therefore easily removable, but they should be considered as additional accessories, to be used in the event of light or very occasional rain. If you have to deal with a lot of rainy sessions, it's better to opt for complete models that wrap your wheels much more. Their only drawback: they do not fit all bikes because they require supports and require a little space between the frame and the tire.

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Reduces muscle fatigue and relieves cramps

Change your wheels and choose them that are durable and equipped with an anti-puncture belt. The risks of damaging them are greater in the rain and no one wants to repair or change them under downpours. For your safety, and because the roads are often slippery when it rains, select the widest model possible.

Cycling in the rain: safety tips

Driving in the rain can quickly become dangerous. You should, for example, avoid getting into puddles , especially if you don't have good visibility of what they are hiding. They can cover a pothole or crack. Avoid them as much as possible by trying to move into the next lane – while respecting basic safety rules.

If you see rainbow-like stains on the floor, do your best to avoid them. They usually appear when rain starts to fall and are actually oil residue that rises to the surface of puddles.

Ensure your safety by reducing your tire pressure . You thus increase their surface area, your grip on the road and your comfort. Don't deprive yourself of it!

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Reduces fatigue / Maintains water-electrolyte and acid-base balance / Antioxidant action

Rain causes a marked reduction in visibility not only for you but also for other users. So opt for light-colored clothing – never mind the messy side – and add reflective strips . In case of very heavy rain, also equip yourself with lights.

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