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It’s winter time here in Northern California, and that means we should be prepared for rainy weather from November through March.

I’ve seen riders asking on Twitter, “How to ride in the rain?” and “Cycling in the rain tips” – so this seemed like an appropriate time for this post.

To help you stay safe out on the road, here are a few different tips and techniques to help give you a refresher.

Here is a great video from the Global Cycling Network:

The video provides great insight into what regular cyclists should do if they are thinking about heading out for a training ride or a race in the rain.  Fundamentals should remain the same, but there are definitely things we should all keep in mind while out there.

There are added tips I’ve included available after the jump, so give them a read.


Wear the right clothes. Wear a rain jacket. Wear arm and leg warmers. Think about water proof shoe covers, as wet feet during a cold day in the saddle is absolutely miserable.

“The wetter you get the colder you are going to be. Being cold and wet is a quick way to get sick.” – Active.  It is true that not only is being cold and wet extremely miserable, but you can end up sick and unable to recover properly.

It’s better to have to shed a layer and carry it with you rather than be cold and risk physical illness because you weren’t well prepared.


Be vigilant to your riding style while out on the road, because things we often take for granted are slippery when wet.  Be very careful while rounding corners – and be sure to avoid painted lines and road reflectors, as they can cause you to crash.

Tire Pressure

Reduce your tire pressure while riding in wet conditions, which helps increase traction and boosts tire contact with the road. Without knowing bike rider weight, experts tend to recommend reducing 10-20 PSI while riding in the rain.

Here are some additional tips:

Active – 10 Tips for Riding in the Rain
Patch – Wet Weather? No Problem! A Short Guide to Biking in the Rain
SFGate – Biking in the rain: How to get out in wet weather
Boston Biker – The Do’s and Don’ts of Riding in the Rain

Have fun and stay safe out there!

(Image Courtesy: VeloNation)

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