In the rain, it’s better to be the tortoise and not the hare, wet weather means you need to be more careful with how you ride and how you control your speed. Sudden harsh braking should be avoided, as you are more likely to lose your grip on the road and skid. Make sure you are always looking up and ahead so you can anticipate where you might need to stop or slow down. Apply your brakes smoothly and slowly, decelerating gradually.
Corners are another obstacle you need to overcome when you are out in the rain, we don’t mean to sound like a broken record but look up and anticipate the corner. Reduce your speed before the corner, and avoid hitting them while you’re mid turn.
If possible try and take the corner as wide as you can, the widest line around the corner is best as it’s the straightest. While going around the corner, drop your outside foot to the lowest point and shift your weight over this a little more, as this will increase your grip on the road.
Ok, so it’s not a lovely sunny day, but let’s face it your skin is waterproof and once you’re on the saddle the conditions won’t be as bad as you think. If you are feeling a bit miserable, give yourself a treat or snack, and stay positive – it will result in a far more enjoyable ride.
You should return home full of beans (or coffee and cake) and will feel much better knowing you have been out.
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