If you’re a fair weather rider, riding in the rain is something you’re avoiding at all costs – and fair enough. But if you’re on a long haul trip and you’ve timed your dry seasons wrong, or simply got into a streak of bad weather, what’s the solution? Riding in the rain and enjoying it is possible with the right gear and the right attitude. Here’s how.
Lay Down Some Rules
You know those times when it starts to drizzle and the sky darkens, but you ignore it because you don’t want to stop and put your gear on, and besides, it’ll stop any moment soon…and then before you know it, you’re drenched to the bone? I’ve been there so many times I made a non-negotiable rule for myself; if it starts to rain, stop and put the rain gear on (or in my case these days, close all the vents in my riding suit and pull the pants over the boots). Even if it does stop raining around the next corner, you’ve only lost a couple of minutes.
It can be dangerous to ride in torrential rain, especially if you’re riding bad roads, steep mountain twisties, or a road slippery with leaves and debris. Slow down: sure, you may feel like you’d much rather get to your destination as soon as you can, but an accident just isn’t worth it.
Find Your Zen
If you’re getting soaked, you’re probably getting grumpy. But while you can’t simply cancel the rain, you can change your attitude: getting irritated by bad weather only harms you, not the rainclouds. Find your zen, focus on the rainbow atop a mountain peak, and go with the flow – there’s nothing you can do about the weather, but you can still enjoy the ride.
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