One would think that biking in the rain is more or less self-explanatory but alas no. What did people do before Goretex was invented? Get wet? Were people more waterproof before? But ya know, once I get a thought in my head, I can't let it go very easily so I started searching for tips online. Biking in the rain for dummies type tips. Really. One would think that the below is self-evident, but surprisingly some things are so obvious that they somehow aren't. Here is a collection of nuggets I picked up along the interhighway:
- Stay dry
- Bike under large trees or find a pedestrian with an umbrella. Then bend down, pretend like you're adjusting your socks or tying your shoes and ride slowly under their umbrella.
|Dorky for one, please?|
- If not dry, at least stay warm
- Space heaters are great!
- Highly recommended: Plenty of bright lights AND reflectors to the front, rear, and sides of yourself. Much like a christmas tree.
- Watch out for banana peels.
- After your ride, take the bike with you in the shower.
- Bike brakes are much less effective when wet, great excuse in court when you explain why you hit the pedestrian or fellow biker.
- Beware of bike-eating puddles!
|Why are you holding an umbrella?|
- Pack a bus pass or bus money/beg for money
Pps! Where do you hide your boner in spandex?