Bad weather, eh?

Bad weather, eh?

If you're like us, you're not about to let a little rain or wind stop you from hitting the road. But let's face it, cycling in inclement weather can pose some unique challenges. Don't worry though – we've got you covered with some tips and tricks to make training in rain and wind a breeze (pun intended).

First things first, let's talk about the elephant in the room – bad weather. Rain and wind can definitely put a damper on your cycling plans, but with the right gear and mindset, you can still have a great ride.

Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices!

When it comes to cycling in rain and wind, having the right gear can make all the difference. Here are some essentials to consider:

  • Waterproof Jackets: Invest in a high-quality waterproof jacket to keep you dry and comfortable (and on the bike for longer)
  • Layer Up: Opt for moisture-wicking base layers and thermal jerseys to stay warm and dry.
  • Good Tyres: Ensure your bike is equipped with durable tyres that provide excellent traction in wet conditions.
  • Overshoes: Keep your feet warm and dry with a pair of waterproof overshoes (personal favourites are from GripGrab - they’ve a good selection for different price ranges and conditions)
  • Cycling Cap: Wear a cycling cap under your helmet to keep your head warm and protected from the elements.  Try and find something with nice ear flaps - red ears are not a good look and OW!
  • Cycling Glasses: Protect your eyes from road dirt and debris with a pair of cycling glasses.  Nothing worse than having muck come out of your tear ducts for hours after you get home and again, OW!

In rainy and foggy conditions, visibility can be a major concern. Here's how to stay safe on the roads:

  • Lights: Equip your bike with bright front and rear lights to ensure you're visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions.
  • Reflective Gear: Wear reflective clothing or accessories to increase your visibility to motorists. 

Sometimes, the weather outside is just too rough to ride. In those cases, maybe consider investing in an indoor turbo trainer and use platforms like Zwift to keep your training on track.  Or take a spin class at your local gym.  If you do HAVE to brave the elements, consider riding with a friend for added safety and motivation.

At the end of the day, cycling in bad weather is all about embracing the challenge and pushing your limits.  Sure, it might not always be sunshine and rainbows (literally), but there's something uniquely rewarding about conquering the elements and coming out stronger on the other side (and getting home to a warm shower and dry fluffy clothes!!).  That said, if it’s too much of a crusty day, make the sensible decision that suits you and your abilities and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger by going out in terrible conditions.  Leave the bike and go splash in some puddles with your bestie!

So, whether rain or wind is in the forecast, don't let it rain on your parade. Gear up, stay safe, and keep pedalling – the road awaits!

Happy riding! 🚴‍♀️🌧️💨

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