When you think about cycling you tend to imagine a nice sunny day, not too hot, with no clouds in the sky. However if you cycle a lot there is a good chance you will eventually be cycling in bad weather.
This makes it all the more important to know how to cope with such weather when you are on your bike. As is the case with a car, bicycles take longer to stop in wet weather, so bear this in mind. The same applies if you are riding in icy conditions. In this case you might end up hitting a patch of black ice without realising. If this is the case you should refrain from hitting the brakes. Check ahead for obstacles and slow down gradually without making any sudden or tight turns.
Perhaps one of the toughest examples of cycling in bad weather is when it is windy and you are riding directly against it. If it happens to be raining too, it’s even worse. However you should make the most of the additional exercise while you have the opportunity! It does make your leg muscles that much stronger.
Are you more likely to have an accident in bad weather?
It depends on how good a cyclist you are. If you take the weather into account and make sure you adjust your speed and approach to minimise the risks, you will be safer than if you were to ride as you normally do. It is also wise to consider the added dangers that might be posed by other road users. Some drivers do not slow down or leave enough of a gap if it is raining or snowing for example. This can create more potential problems and hazards to be aware of.
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Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown