Rainy season, otherwise referred to as the wet season, runs from June to September in the majority of the north and central parts of Florida. However, any true Floridian knows that it rains all year long. As a cyclist in Florida, getting your rides in on a rainy day is commonplace. While it may not be ideal, the concept of missing a ride due to rain is far worse than getting wet. The difficulty of cycling in the rain lies entirely in the ability to prepare. With proper preparation, cyclists will be wearing the correct gear and will be able to spin through showers safely. The basic safety tips for riding in the rain apply to all sorts of cyclists. Whether you’re riding in a group ride, training, or even just out and about on your bicycle, knowing what to do when the skies open up is critical.
Let’s take a look at some of the best tips for cycling in the rain:
- Wear a waterproof vest or a waterproof jacket
- Consider wearing mudguards to stops water from flying up in the front and back of the bicycle
- Wear glasses to protect your eyes
- Take down your tire pressure a bit to allow for a better grip on the road
- Be aware of slippery patches in the road
- Look out for puddles and rainbow patches on the pavement
- Constantly check that your brake pads are in good condition
- Take turns carefully, corners are dangerous
- Make sure that you have a bright LED lamp on the handlebar and seatpost
- Be sure to use a heavier amount of chain lube
- Think about buying a cycling cap that you have wear under your helmet
Cycling in the rain can be an exhilarating experience if you’re prepared and safe. Unless you plan to move to Spain, cycling in the rain is one of those inevitable things that Florida cyclists are forced to deal with. Those cyclists who are primed and ready for a wet ride will be able to enjoy the challenge and thrive in the excitement.