There’s a little daredevil in virtually every one of us, waiting to be provoked at the given opportunity. And mountain biking, chock-full of thrills, is one of them. However, it’s never worth gambling with your life if you are riding in the rain or during harshly wet weather. With your ride compromised more than normal conditions, you’d need to abide by these following tips:
Tip 1: Use the Right Tires and Maintain Proper Pressure
Tire pressure should be ideally lower during wet biking conditions than dry ones. That’s because you need more grip to compensate for the reduced traction ability; the tires need to be deflated so that you can increase impact with the driving surface. Also pay attention to the type of tires you have on your bike. There are certain tires that are specifically made for better performance in the rain; they usually feature a knobby, open-tread pattern along them for digging deeper into mud-riddled surfaces.
Tip 2: Get Mudguards
The rain is sure to create mud out of the trails. So, you want to get mudguards hovering over your wheels to potentially avoid mud from splashing on your face—and maintain full, deep concentration in the rain.
Tip 3: Wear Protective Gear
Since water will get on the handlebars, you’d want to wear gloves. Although they are essential for preventing calluses on the hands regardless of weather conditions, gloves are especially crucial when raining. Water can make the handlebars slippery, making it easy to lose your grip and control of the bike.
Also consider wearing a light cycling rain jacket to keep you reasonably dry and prevent you from falling ill. Make sure it’s waterproof, rather than being water-resistant, thus completely keeping water away. In addition, make sure that it’s light to the body so that it doesn’t feel like you’re adding more weight that can hinder optimal riding ability.
Tip 4: Ride at a Moderate Speed
With rain, the terrain gets rather slippery. So, the faster you go, the more likely you’d lose control and possibly fall. Also, when you ride at a moderate speed, you give yourself more time to detect the trajectories of the trail in advance, thus making it easier to avoid potential obstacles.
Tip 5: Optimize Brake Use
Ideally, you should apply the brakes much sooner than you would on a dry day. That’s because on wet surfaces, the stopping distance—the period between applying the brakes and coming to a complete stop—is significantly longer than on dry surfaces. This is especially crucial if you are encountering obstacles such as rocks or debris.
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