In some scenarios cycling in the rain can be fun - riding a MTB trail for instance, but if you’re just trying to commute to work, it’s the exact opposite. The only thing on your mind is how soon you want to get home and jump in a nice warm shower. One of the few ways to combat the rain is to wear the right type of cycling clothes to help deflect the rainwater.
This post is part of our 'what to wear cycling' series. In this article, we’ll provide you with some of our top recommendations on which cycling clothes to wear when the weather is less than desirable, plus a few extra tips to help keep both yourself and your bike functional after getting soaking wet.
Cycling in the Rain: What to Wear 🌧
Here's the run-down on our wet weather cycling clothing recommendations:
Waterproof Cycling Jacket
A waterproof cycling jacket is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to commuting by bike or cycling in the outdoors. With changeable British weather, it’s best not to take any risks. The good thing about this type of jacket is that they’re designed to be breathable, meaning they’ll transfer built up moisture to the outside while preventing the rain from getting in. You can choose between heavy windshells or packable jackets, depending on your needs.
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Choose a cycling jersey that fits you well and allows you to move without hitching. A good cycle jersey should feature quick wicking and quick drying materials, so if you do get slightly wet under your jacket, at least your top will dry fast. If you’re going to commute a lot, opt for jerseys that feature hi vis colours, like yellow fluro or green. Depending on personal taste, you can also choose between half and full zip jerseys.
Cycling gloves are not only ideal for improving the grip on the handlebar and absorbing the shock while on the ride, in fact they can also provide protection against the rain. When looking for cycling gloves, pick gloves that are quick drying and have reflective details for enhanced visibility.
Showerproof Cycling Rucksack
If your cycling jacket doesn’t have enough pockets for all your gear, consider investing in a cycling rucksack. Go for a rucksack that is water repellent of course, so you will keep your belongings in a safe and dry space. Our showerproof cycling rucksacks are lightweight and pack down small so you can easily slip them into any space after you finally reach your destination.
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Extra tips on how to survive cycling in the rain
While wearing waterproof cycling clothes is our first recommendation, there are some extra steps you can take to be sure that you and your bike will survive even the toughest rides in the rain.
Keep your bike in order with chain degreaser
It’s best practice to brush your chain with degreaser after riding in the rain. After taking the grime off remember to carefully dry the chain: this way you will prevent it from getting rusty and damaged.
Follow the washing instructions
Always read the instructions on your gear before putting it in the washing machine and try not to expose them to heat to prevent any damage. This way you’ll extend the life of your cycling gear.
Use the rear brake more
While front brake is the norm when riding in normal conditions, for a slippery or muddy soil it could be not the best option. In fact if there is water on the road it means that you will have less grip, making it almost impossible to keep upright on the bike in case you decide to front brake hard. In this scenario it’s better to always brake slowly and do more use of the rear brake if you want to avoid locking up the front wheel.
When the rain is too heavy, use plastic bags
If you feel the rain is getting too heavy, an option is to use some good old fashioned plastic bags. They’re effective at keeping you dry, especially when fitted around your shoes and tights. You won’t exactly ooze style, but at least you’ll avoid being soaked wet through.