When living in a country like Ireland it’s inevitable that rain is on the way! Remember the following tips when cycling in the rain to ensure a safe ride.
It is a good idea to invest in a winter set of tyres such as gator skin tyres. These tyres have a thicker sidewall making it harder to puncture. It is also a good idea to use slightly wider tyres to offer more grip.
The road surfaces will be slippery and more dangerous after rain. Avoid metal surfaces such as manholes covers, cat-eyes, wet leaves and painted traffic markings.
Bike brakes are much less effective when wet. Take it slower than normal and give yourself lots more time to stop.
Avoid potholes and puddles
Even little puddles can hide nasty things like potholes, nails, or glass, which can cause a flat tire or a crash.
Invest in waterproof clothing to keep you as dry as possible. Wear good gloves and overshoes as well as a waterproof jacket. Neon and bright high visibility colours are especially important in dark wet days.
Light up like a Christmas tree
Drivers may have problems seeing through wet or steamy windscreens when it’s raining. Put plenty of bright LED lights and reflectors on the front, rear, and sides of your bike to insure you’re seen at all times.