5 “must have” clothes when cycling in wet conditions
1 Water resistant jacket - if you want to go cycling in the rain and be kept warm and dry at the same time then you need a good water resistant jacket. It is good to have a jacket with a decent hood and some reflective features on the back of the jacket as well. Nowadays you can find a wide variety of waterproof cycling jackets that will keep you dry, at different price ranges. Bear in mind that wearing a hood when cycling can reduce your peripheral vision and make it difficult to see behind you, but it is good to have a hood when you're off bike.
2 Waterproof over trousers - If you are caught in a heavy rain, a pair of good waterproof trousers is really welcome. The problem with these trousers is that it is hard to find ones that will look good, but despite the "beauty issue", you really need at least one pair if you want to go cycling in rain or in winter.
3 Waterproof overshoes - These might look quite silly as well, but despite the looks, it is wise to use them if you want your shoes to stay dry. A pair of spare socks might also come handy in case your feet get wet.
4 Gloves – Get yourself a pair of waterproof gloves, or even better, two pairs so that you can change them if necessary. Gloves are a great protection for your hands, keeping them dry and warm.
5 Glasses – A pair of glasses can protect your eyes from the rain or any other kind of debris. Transparent lenses with no color or yellow lenses are a good choice when the light is low as they increase contrast and you can see the road more clearly with these on.
4 essential accessories for winter/rain cycling
1 Super bright bike lights to see and be seen - When riding in wet conditions, at night, or in a cloudy weather during the day, always have a a pair of good bike lights mounted on your bike and turned on. Fox Sportive Bike Lights can be a great solution for you in these situations. Beside the bike lights, we suggest you wear reflective and bright colors as well, so that others can see you faster and easier.
2 Waterproof bag cover - Definitely a must have, if you want your bag to stay dry.
3 A Cover for your Seat - To keep your but and your seat dry. Some plastic bags can be a budget alternative for covering your seat.
4 Mudguards - Mudguards are very important, as you don’t want to arrive at your destination with your back and behind sprayed with mud and water. And, more important, you don’t want to spray or splash others cycling behind you - as this is so rude. Using mudguards, you will avoid water flying up your front and back and soaking you totally, and you will spare others from a muddy shower as well.
Keeping yourself warm on your ride
Wear a kind of clothes that can regulate body temperature and help your sweat evaporate. Wearing multiple thin layers is the best way to stay warm.
Avoid puddles and standing water
Going through a puddle is a bad choice. You don’t know what’s in them (maybe they are full of debris which can puncture your tires) or how deep they are. Try to cycle around these little pools of water to avoid any potential puncture, damage to your wheels or getting soaked.
Lower tire pressure to get more grip on the road
If you are afraid to slip in wet conditions, you might want to lower your bike's tire pressure a little bit to increase your grip on the road. Using wider tires is also an option.
Use your head when riding to avoid crashes or slipping
Last but not least important, don’t let the rain stop you and enjoy riding your bike!
LED bike lights are an important accessory for any biker who wants to ride after dark. They increase your safety and visibility on the road, especially at night or in a bad weather, when it is of vital importance to be seen in traffic.
But not only at night, bike lights can be used also in the daytime, in situations when visibility is reduced (fog, rain etc.). Every cyclist riding after dark, should have a white light mounted on the front of a bike and a red light mounted at the rear as well as reflectors on the pedals, no matter where they ride - to work and back, on busy or lonely roads or even off roads.
Halogen and LED lights are both commonly used, they are both efficient and quite affordable. Halogen lights have been popular for many years, but now many cyclists have switched to LED lights. Both types of lights are small, durable, and lightweight and can be taken off the bike.
Very useful and handy
Rechargeable batteries can easily be recharged with a simple battery charger, through a wall outlet, a computer USB port or even a car port. You can have fully charged batteries always at hand.
Great and constant performance
Rechargeable batteries use a constant amount of energy the entire time while used, in comparison with disposable batteries which progressively diminish until they are empty.
Therefore, with rechargeable batteries you get the same performance even when the “low battery” signal is turned on.
They are more sustainable, Eco friendly
Rechargeable batteries produce less waste, by being recharged and reused hundreds of times.Furthermore, charging and recharging is more energy efficient than making new batteries.
Save your time and money
No need to run to the store each time you run out of batteries as rechargeable batteries with a battery charger save your time which you can use for doing something else.
The initial cost of rechargeable batteries may at first seem a little high, but as you can reuse them so many times, and they can provide you with hundreds of hours of use, in the long run, the batteries that you can recharge are way more cost effective.