Riding your bike in the rain or at night may initially sound daunting, but after reviewing these tips, you’ll be ready.

RIDING AT NIGHT

-Outfit your bike with front reflectors and a light.

-Outfit your bike with rear reflectors and tail light (sometimes referred to as a “blinky”).

-Place reflectors on your pedals and side rims or wheels.

-Wear high visibility clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers. (Remember, you may not be very visible – even with the above elements. Please be cautious.)

RIDING IN THE RAIN

-Add fenders to your wheels! They are fairly inexpensive, and they will go a long way in preventing your wheels from spurting a steady stream of water at your ankles and up your back.

-This may seem obvious, but wear a raincoat, rain cape or rain poncho.  However, be sure that it is not something that is so long that it will get caught in your spokes.

-Consider wearing rainproof cycling clothing or at the very least, clothing that will dry fairly quickly.

-Wear gloves to keep your hands warm and dry.

-You may want to wear sports glasses, goggles or a helmet with a visor to prevent water from hitting your eyes.

-Ride more slowly and allow for longer breaking times.

-Be careful when you are on paint.  When wet – paint often becomes slippery.  One false move and you can go down very quickly.

-Use your breaks periodically to clean water from braking surfaces.



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