What are your personal “Do’s and Don’t’s” when you ride in the rain?
Do – Give yourself more time to get to your destination, ride slower, avoid standing water (some potholes are deeper than you might expect) and remember that visibility is limited by rain..
Don’t – Ride at night if possible. Skimp on good rain gear.
Do – Give myself at least twice the following distance. You simply can’t stop as fast in low traction environments.
Don’t – Make sudden movements, being in a low traction environment I like to pretend I’m basically on ice. It is very easy to reach the limit of traction if you approach it slowly.
Kimmo: Avoid getting wet/cold, because riding in the rain needs all your concentration! Have good waterproof gear.
Eric: Enjoy the suck, don’t crash.
Matt: I always increase my following distance in traffic and just ride a little slower than I usually would. Don’t forget that the stopping distance for you and all the cars around you is greatly decreased when the road is wet. Take your time and don’t be in a rush.
Iain: Increase following distance and really watch out behind me. Especially in the first rain of the season the road get slick and nobody can stop as quickly as they think.
Morgan: Don’t rely on your bike’s fancy electronic rider aids. They can’t save you from poor decisions. Whenever possible, don’t ride on manhole covers, painted lines, BBQ sauce, or anything else that isn’t clean wet pavement. Don’t panic and stab at your rear brake. That’s amateur move and a great way to “Lay ‘er down,” especially in the rain.