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Wet City Bicycling (Cycling in the Rain)

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The list author says: "Bicycling in the Rain

Things you MAY Need:

Bike LED Headlight, Booties, Headbands, Skullcaps, Waterproof Jacket, Waterproof Pants, Waterproof Rain Gear, Bicycle Fenders, Bike Helmet Covers, Bike Rear light/Flasher, Biking Gloves, Long-sleeved Jackets, Goggles or Safety Glasses.

Ride slower in wet weather! When brakes become wet, stopping time increases. Take it slow and easy when it's raining; many bicycle brakes do not work so well in the wet. Go a little slower, think ahead and brake sooner.

Avoid Puddles (Puddles are deep potholes, and can conceal glass and treacherous things.) Avoid manhole covers (or any metal on the road/painted traffic markings, etc), they become particularly slippery. Keep your bike upright and stop pedaling, don't brake or turn when crossing these slippery surfaces.

Wet leaves and oil are dangerous! Rains tends to lift a lot of the oil from the road, making it even more slippery - so pay extra special attention!

Rain means reduced visibility. If you're cycling on the road it's a very good idea to use lights or some sort of high-Visibility clothing to increase your visibility to other road users!

A Rain hood is dangerous, because it can block your view when you turn your head. A Rain cape/Jacket should be bright yellow, to make you more visible to drivers. Pay special attention to motor vehicles when it rains!

Toe covers and shoe covers are helpful if you wear biking shoes; if you don't, any footwear that keeps you warm will do.

Warm, comfortable clothing. The first type of clothing is for warmth, the second to block the wind/Rain.

Jackets: Cold Rain Weather - A good waterproof cycling jacket will keep the rain off you.

Bicycle Maintenance: Rain Cleaning (relubricate your bicycle's chain to help prevent rust).

Rain weather cycling is fun but Safety is important.


Good luck to you all, and hope to see you in the future."
Planet Bike Hardcore ATB Front and Rear Bicycle Fender Set with Stainless Steel Hardware & Mud Flaps
Planet Bike Hardcore ATB Front and Rear Bicycle Fender Set with Stainless Steel Hardware & Mud Flaps
"fenders are a good idea!"
Planet Bike Blaze 1-Watt Headlight and Superflash Taillight Combination Bicycle Light Set
Planet Bike Blaze 1-Watt Headlight and Superflash Taillight Combination Bicycle Light Set
"Visibility is important.  The more lights the better."
Bell StowAway Bicycle Seat Bag
Bell StowAway Bicycle Seat Bag
Aero Wedge Pack, w/ Fixer F25, Medium
Aero Wedge Pack, w/ Fixer F25, Medium
Pero Instant Natural Beverage, 7-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6)
Pero Instant Natural Beverage, 7-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6)
"Natural Beverage to go"
Cafe Altura Organic Coffee, Biodynamic French Roast, Whole Bean, 32-Ounce Bag
Cafe Altura Organic Coffee, Biodynamic French Roast, Whole Bean, 32-Ounce Bag
"Coffee to go"
Planet Bike Grunge Board Bicycle Down Tube Splatter Guard Fender
Planet Bike Grunge Board Bicycle Down Tube Splatter Guard Fender
Giro Indicator Sport Bike Helmet
Giro Indicator Sport Bike Helmet
"Wear a helmet!"
Planet Bike Cascadia Front and Rear Bicycle Fender Set with Mud Flaps
Planet Bike Cascadia Front and Rear Bicycle Fender Set with Mud Flaps
"Buy fenders for your bike if you plan to ride in the rain often."
SKS Adventure Bicycle Fender Set (26 and 28-Inch Bikes)
SKS Adventure Bicycle Fender Set (26 and 28-Inch Bikes)
Giro Transfer Sport Bike Helmet
Giro Transfer Sport Bike Helmet
"Consider headgear. You may want a helmet cover that will keep water from coming in the vents. A headband or skullcap will help keep your head warm."
Cage Rocket Waterproof Storage Bottle Silver/Black
Cage Rocket Waterproof Storage Bottle Silver/Black
Topeak Explorer Bike Rack
Topeak Explorer Bike Rack
Avenir Metro Panniers (1,380 Cubic-Inch Capacity)
Avenir Metro Panniers (1,380 Cubic-Inch Capacity)
Topeak Mini G MasterBlaster Bike Pump with Gauge
Topeak Mini G MasterBlaster Bike Pump with Gauge
"Check the tires for proper inflation, and be sure the chain is properly lubricated."
Delta Airzound Bike Horn , colors may vary
Delta Airzound Bike Horn , colors may vary
"Product you Need if Commuting Daily in the rain, in Traffic. And, drivers, please don't blow your horn. It's quite startling and dangerous!"
MSA Safety Works 10053454 Class II Safety Vest
MSA Safety Works 10053454 Class II Safety Vest
"Visibility is important."
O2 Rainwear Original Rain Pants
O2 Rainwear Original Rain Pants
Topeak Bike Cover (Mountain Bikes)
Topeak Bike Cover (Mountain Bikes)
Blackburn Quadrant and Mars 3.0 Combo Bicycle Light Set
Blackburn Quadrant and Mars 3.0 Combo Bicycle Light Set
"in the rain  Make sure you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as a light on the back. makes you more visible, especially in the rain, to cars or other riders."
Stearns Rainjammer Poncho
Stearns Rainjammer Poncho
CygoLite Milion 200 LED Rechargable 1-Piece HeadLight W/ Helmet Mount.
CygoLite Milion 200 LED Rechargable 1-Piece HeadLight W/ Helmet Mount.
"in the rain  Make sure you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as a light on the back. makes you more visible, especially in the rain, to cars or other riders."
Blackburn Mars 4.0 Bicycle Taillight
Blackburn Mars 4.0 Bicycle Taillight
"in the rain  Make sure you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as a light on the back. makes you more visible, especially in the rain, to cars or other riders."
STORMTECH PCX-1 Adult's Aerolite Packable Poncho One Size
STORMTECH PCX-1 Adult's Aerolite Packable Poncho One Size
Portland Design Works Radbot 1000 1W LED Tail Light
Portland Design Works Radbot 1000 1W LED Tail Light
"in the rain  Make sure you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as a light on the back. makes you more visible, especially in the rain, to cars or other riders."
Princeton Tec Eos Bike LED Headlight: Black
Princeton Tec Eos Bike LED Headlight: Black
"Visibility is important in the rain. Wear on helmet!"
Ergodyne GloWear 8210HL Class 2 Economy Vest Large/X-Large, Lime
Ergodyne GloWear 8210HL Class 2 Economy Vest Large/X-Large, Lime
"Rain often means bad visibility - both for you and motorists. Ride with a Vest to make yourself more visible to others."
Cateye TL-LD1100 LED Bicycle Tail and Safety Light (Red)
Cateye TL-LD1100 LED Bicycle Tail and Safety Light (Red)
"in the rain  Make sure you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as a light on the back. makes you more visible, especially in the rain, to cars or other riders."
Stearns .15mm Men's Rainjammer PVC Suit
Stearns .15mm Men's Rainjammer PVC Suit
"Always use layers. The weather can change. You don't want to overheat or freeze."
Pearl Izumi Select Gel Full-Fingered Cycling Glove
Pearl Izumi Select Gel Full-Fingered Cycling Glove
"Consider full gloves. It's very important to keep your hands warm - after all, they do the steering, braking and shifting."
Milwaukee 49-17-2400 MK2400 Safety Glasses Clear Hard Coat
Milwaukee 49-17-2400 MK2400 Safety Glasses Clear Hard Coat
"Wear eye protection - glasses with large, clear lenses work best in the rain, especially those designed not to fog up."
CygoLite MityCross 350 LED Dual LED Bike Light with Stem-Mount Li-Ion Battery
CygoLite MityCross 350 LED Dual LED Bike Light with Stem-Mount Li-Ion Battery
Planet Bike Blinky "3H" 3-Led Rear Bicycle Light with Self Leveling Helmet Mount
Planet Bike Blinky "3H" 3-Led Rear Bicycle Light with Self Leveling Helmet Mount
"Visibility is important in the rain. Wear on helmet!"
CygoLite Trion 600: Triple LED Bike Light with Internal Li-Ion Battery
CygoLite Trion 600: Triple LED Bike Light with Internal Li-Ion Battery
Planet Bike Borealis Fall/Winter Full Finger
Planet Bike Borealis Fall/Winter Full Finger
"Hands: warm Rainproof gloves. They don't have to be special cycling gloves. Gloves designed for Rain keep hands and fingers warm and able to brake and control Bike."
Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenience
Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenience
Columbia Men's Thunderstorm II Pant
Columbia Men's Thunderstorm II Pant
Custom Leathercraft R111L 2-Piece ANSI 3 Polyester Rain Suit with Detachable Hood, Large
Custom Leathercraft R111L 2-Piece ANSI 3 Polyester Rain Suit with Detachable Hood, Large
Columbia Men's Watertight Packable Rain Jacket
Columbia Men's Watertight Packable Rain Jacket
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two)
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two)
"+Yellow Racer Reflective Leg Band by Yellow Racer"