Florida and summer rains go together like peanut butter and jelly. From beautiful, clear and sunny to dark and stormy, the skies in the “Sunshine State” are rather unpredictable. As a cyclist, getting in those miles is important and necessary, rain or shine. Whether it’s a light sprinkle or a torrential downpour, cyclists who are prepared before getting on their bike will be much happier as they travel along Florida’s rainy roads. Being prepared for cycling in the rain goes beyond comfort. For serious cyclists, safety is truly compromised during a heavy storm. As such, being equipped for cycling in the rain is absolutely no matter what level of riding you are in.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 tips for cycling in the rain:
- Make sure you are wearing yellow or clear lenses during the low light of rainy season, eye protection is essential
- Wear a waterproof jacket
- Check brake pads regularly, as they will need to be replaced much more frequently during summer rainy season
- Avoid puddles at all costs, there could be a submerged pothole that is invisible to the naked eye
- Install fenders on your wheels if you are a regular in a group ride
- Be extra cautious at corners and keep your body weight on the outside pedal to avoid a fall
- Be sure that your seatpost and handlebar lamps are brightly lit, we also suggest adding lights and reflectors to your helmet and backpack
- Use a significantly larger amount of chain lube
- Look out for oily residue on the roadways from automobiles
- Consider purchasing a rain bike – not only will this protect your race bike, but it will ensure that fenders stay in place and the extra lighting is secure
Riding during the rain is inevitable in Florida. As a cyclist, it is your duty to ensure that you are navigating the roads in the safest manner possible. When your rainy ride is complete, don’t forget to wipe the dirt and water off of your bike, from the wheels to the front and back. Drying the bike will prevent rust from developing. Finally, always use common sense when riding in the summer rains. If a storm gets too heavy, pull over and wait until the rain calms a bit before finishing your ride.