Biking in the rain

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Weekend forecast calling for rain? Don't let that dampen your biking spirit. Learn how to be prepared for wet-weather biking.

Cyclist geared up for the conditionsDon't let rain ruin your ride

Staying active by biking or walking for short trips is great for the planet, your health and your wallet. Households that walk and cycle as the primary modes of travel save an average of $694 per month.

Use the following easy tips to stay comfortable, safe and dry while biking for work or play even when it's raining.

  • Wear rain gear and clothing that fits loosely, has air vents and is water-repellent. Rain capes or ponchos are inexpensive options that keep your top dry while providing plenty of ventilation. If you're commuting by bicycle every day, a Gore-Tex suit or other suit that sheds water and is breathable may be a good option.
  • Bring a small towel with you. Keep it in an accessible pocket to wipe away any water or splashes during your ride.
  • Keep your Bike There! map handy. It's printed on durable, waterproof paper, making it a perfect planning tool for finding your way in rainy weather.
  • Clean off your bike after rainy rides. Wash or wipe down your bike, paying special attention to the chain, headsets, bottom brackets and brakes. Accumulated dirt can interfere with your bike's performance.
  • Be visible. Wear bright, reflective clothing and make sure all your bike lights are bright and blinking so cars can see you in poor conditions.
  • Invest in fenders for your bike. They will help keep rain and dirt off of your body and the more vulnerable parts of your bicycle.
  • Avoid puddles. Not only will riding through puddles soak you and your bike, but there may also be bumps or potholes that you can't see.
  • Remember biking is just one car-free way to get where you need to go. If you're not in the mood to ride in the rain, consider taking transit or sharing a ride with a co-worker or someone else in your neighborhood.

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