Cycle commuting can be a fantastic way to beat traffic, reduce your carbon footprint, and stay active. While sunny days make for pleasant rides, when wet weather strikes, it can add an extra layer of challenge to your daily commute. At BETD, we understand the importance of a smooth and safe cycle commute, which is why we’ve put together some valuable tips for cycling in wet conditions.
Prepping Your Bike for Wet Weather
A well-maintained bike is crucial for a successful rainy commute. Installing fenders and mudguards is your first line of defence against splashes, which help to keep your clothes clean and protect your bike from excessive dirt. Make sure to regularly check your tyres and brake pads for wear, as wet conditions can affect stopping power.
Riding Techniques for Rainy Conditions
Whilst riding in wet weather, adopting a smoother riding style with gradual turns and gentle braking will help maintain control on slippery surfaces. Give yourself extra space between your bike and other vehicles to allow for longer stopping distances. Rain can also reduce visibility, so using lights and reflective gear to increase your visibility to motorists can help.
Protecting Your Bike from Rain
Regular Maintenance is crucial to keep your bike in top condition. After wet rides, clean and dry your bike thoroughly, whilst paying extra attention to the drivetrain and chain to prevent rust. To ensure your bike’s longevity, consider upgrading with BETD’s replacement bike components. Our high-quality bearings, chainrings, and derailleur hangers are designed to withstand tough conditions and keep your bike running smoothly, rain or shine.
With proper preparation, the right gear, and replacement components from BETD, you can enjoy a comfortable and safe commute even when the skies are grey. For more information about our range of replacement bike components, get in touch with our team via our website, or email [email protected].