Wet Weather Cycle Commuting Tips

Whilst the cold, wet weather may deter a lot of people from hopping on their bikes and going for a ride, those who are cycling mad, may still enjoy the fresh air and thrill that comes from commuting to and from work. But whether you are new to bike commuting or experienced, there are still things you need to consider to be ready to face anything the cold, wet weather throws at you.


Take it steady

There is no need to rush or race to work. Who’s in a rush to get to work anyway?! With wet and cold weather conditions, you need to take extra care on your commute to avoid any accidents and collisions. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to work with a little extra time as well.


Keep yourself warm and comfortable

The one thing you want when tackling the winter elements is to be warm and comfortable on your bike, something you won’t achieve in your work attire. The best solution is to invest in appropriate cycling gear that will protect you from the wet and cold.

It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy. A simple pair of winter bib tights, a warm base later and a waterproof jacket should work perfectly.


Stay visible

The days are shorter and darker during winter which can make being safe on your bike more challenging. The best way to stay safe on your commute to and from work is by making yourself visible. And the best way to do this is with bike lights. We recommend not only fitting one to the front and rear of your bike but getting one for your helmet too. This will not only help you see what is ahead, but also allow other road users to clearly see you.

You should also try to wear hi vis clothing so that others on the road can see you with their headlights.


Change your tyres

One thing you may not think about doing at the start of the colder months is changing your tyres. With the wet and windy conditions, more debris can be swept on the road and damage your tyres, especially if they are better suited for the dry, summer months.

Winter tyres are designed to be sturdier and more resilient when it comes to riding over debris, so you should get less punctures and be safer on the road.


Cover your face

In the winter, you are guaranteed to suffer from a freezing cold face, especially when pedaling on a bike. The best way to prevent this from happening is with the help of a neck gaiter or balaclava. A lot of neck gaiters and balaclavas are made from moisture wicking materials so they are perfect at removing the moisture on your face to prevent you from feeling cold.

You may also benefit from wearing a pair of cycling sunglasses or goggles. Not only will they protect your from the sun and reflection of snow, but they will also keep any dirt and road spray out of your eyes.


Smelling fresh

Obviously as you are cycling, you will be sweating – not ideal when going into the office. To stop yourself from stinking out the office, you should pack some extra deodorant and wet wipes so you can freshen up once you get to work.

Wearing the appropriate cycling gear will also help minimize sweat as the wicking material is designed to absorb moisture.