On sunny days, riding a bike feels like a simple affair. Clip on your helmet, hop on your bike and you're good to go.
But what about on rainy days, or as temperatures drop or wind picks up or daylight hours shorten?
You can still ride your bike for fun, exercise or commuting even in less-than-stellar weather conditions. Here are a few tips to get you started!
Plan a Strategic Route
Look for protected bike lanes and bike paths, even if it adds a bit more distance to your route. Not only will you avoid more traffic and potential interactions with drivers, but bike lanes and rail trails tend to be a bit more sheltered from the weather.
Avoid roads that have huge puddles on the sides and those that are more narrow. While sometimes, it's unavoidable—and you certainly have every right to be on those roads!—it's a safer and more enjoyable experience if you're able to comfortably pedal on a better-drained surface.
Run Front & Rear Lights
Whether conditions are stormy, dark, foggy or rainy, running lights on your bike ensure you're easier to spot on the road.
Front lights also help you see what's coming in front of you. It's amazing what we can miss in dim light if we don't have a front light.
Occasionally, you’ll even hear stories about cyclists smacking into porcupines or squirrels because it was too dark to notice them in the road.
It might sound obvious, but front and rear lights also help drivers more easily notice you. In fact, a 2012 study in Denmark found a 19 percent drop in all types of accidents and injury when riders used lights during the day and at night.