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Bicycling with Family members.

Recreational biking can be a fun, affordable family activity that is appropriate for every family. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy family activities; a simple bike ride to the park or bike ride in the country can be a fabulous way for the family to spend some quality time together. When you go biking with the family though there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road to make sure that everyone enjoys the experience and that no one get hurt or upset.

Pick a destination.

You can always take some detours along the way if you want but before you set out make sure that you have a clear destination in mind. Know where you’re going, what route you will take to get there, and how to get home. Nothing ruins family fun faster than getting lost.

Get ready ahead of time.

It’s a good idea to make sure that your bikes are all ready to go before the day of the ride. Make it a family project for the kids to check the air in their tires, make sure their chains are oiled, and that their bikes are ready to go before the day of the ride. It will teach them responsibility and give them some ownership in the family activity. They’ll love it, and you won’t get sidetracked twenty minutes before you want to leave by flat tires or other issues. Lay out the clothes you want the kids to wear and make sure they wear light layers of clothing, tight fitting jeans or pans, and comfortable socks and sneakers.

Lay the ground rules.

Sit down with all the kids before the ride and discuss ground rules. If you don’t want them riding more than a few hundred yards away from the rest of the family, make that clear. If you want to make sure that everyone goes slow enough to accommodate a young child or older family member, make that clear. Discussing the ground rules in advance can eliminate stress, tantrums, and general annoyance on the ride.

Pack smart.

If you’re going on a long ride have each child carry a backpack or fanny pack with crucial items like a bottle of water, snacks, wet wipes for hands and faces and antibacterial wipes for scrapes or cuts. Parents should carry a larger backpack with extra water, snacks, extra sweaters or jackets, extra socks, diapers and formula if you are carrying a baby in a baby seat on your bike, a first aid kit with bandages, band aids, gauze, antibiotic crème or antibiotic wipes, an Ace bandage, Nu Skin for blisters, and some pain reliever, a map or GPS device, cell phone, and a small bicycle repair kit. It might seem like a lot of baggage to carry with you but on a leisurely family ride you won’t notice the extra baggage and if you find yourself in a situation where you need those items you will be very, very glad you have them. It’s also not a bad idea to have an emergency credit card in the pack as well in case you need money fast and don’t have a wallet or checkbook on you.

Biking with Small Children

When you first start looking for local bike trails or start looking to plan a cycling vacation for your family it’s important to keep in mind the ages of your children and to assess how much biking they can handle. While most bike trails are family friendly some are really meant for more experienced riders and not only will the slow pace of small children annoy riders who are trying to train for serious competitions or avid cyclists it could also endanger the children and they definitely won’t have a good time.

 So it’s really in your best interest when planning a cycling trip to call ahead to your destination and ask if the trails are family friendly. Some places might have age restrictions where kids under a certain age are not welcomed but kids over a certain age are welcomed. Or there could be restrictions based on height or even on cycling ability so to make sure that there are no problems when you arrive, call ahead to check on any restrictions that might exist before you go.

 Another thing to keep in mind when taking children cycling is the substance you will be riding on. Small children probably will do best on a smooth paved road. If the trail is sand, straw, dirt, or gravel it might be too hard for a small child to negotiate on a bike. Checking in advance will prevent a lot of disappointment and possibly some tantrums later on. If you can put a child’s bike seat on your bike you may want to do that when going cycling on unfamiliar trails so that if necessary your small child can ride with you instead of getting frustrated and upset trying to cycle on a trail that is too advanced for him or her.

 If your family is serious about cycling and wants to undertake some longer cycling trips or vacations but worry that your younger children won’t be able to keep up consider investing in or even renting tandem bikes. There are tandem bikes made especially for parents where the parent rides up front and does most of the biking but there is a small child size seat and child size pedals on the rear of the bike so the child gets the experience of cycling without holding up the whole group. Parent tandem bikes are very popular with European families who like to go cycling.

 Cycling as a family can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. It’s one of the few activities families can do together that doesn’t cost much and gets everyone out in the fresh air and being active. Families can use cycling as a chance to spend some quality time with each other and really bond. In order to make the most out of the family cycling experience parents can plan ahead for contingencies like restrictions on trails to make sure that the family cycling trip is a happy experience for everyone, even the youngest members of the family.

Pick a destination.

You can always take some detours along the way if you want but before you set out make sure that you have a clear destination in mind. Know where you’re going, what route you will take to get there, and how to get home. Nothing ruins family fun faster than getting lost.

Get ready ahead of time.

It’s a good idea to make sure that your bikes are all ready to go before the day of the ride. Make it a family project for the kids to check the air in their tires, make sure their chains are oiled, and that their bikes are ready to go before the day of the ride. It will teach them responsibility and give them some ownership in the family activity. They’ll love it, and you won’t get sidetracked twenty minutes before you want to leave by flat tires or other issues. Lay out the clothes you want the kids to wear and make sure they wear light layers of clothing, tight fitting jeans or pans, and comfortable socks and sneakers.

Lay the ground rules.

Sit down with all the kids before the ride and discuss ground rules. If you don’t want them riding more than a few hundred yards away from the rest of the family, make that clear. If you want to make sure that everyone goes slow enough to accommodate a young child or older family member, make that clear. Discussing the ground rules in advance can eliminate stress, tantrums, and general annoyance on the ride.

Pack smart.

If you’re going on a long ride have each child carry a backpack or fanny pack with crucial items like a bottle of water, snacks, wet wipes for hands and faces and antibacterial wipes for scrapes or cuts. Parents should carry a larger backpack with extra water, snacks, extra sweaters or jackets, extra socks, diapers and formula if you are carrying a baby in a baby seat on your bike, a first aid kit with bandages, band aids, gauze, antibiotic crème or antibiotic wipes, an Ace bandage, Nu Skin for blisters, and some pain reliever, a map or GPS device, cell phone, and a small bicycle repair kit. It might seem like a lot of baggage to carry with you but on a leisurely family ride you won’t notice the extra baggage and if you find yourself in a situation where you need those items you will be very, very glad you have them. It’s also not a bad idea to have an emergency credit card in the pack as well in case you need money fast and don’t have a wallet or checkbook on you.

Biking with Small Children

Best maintenance tips for cycle touring.

I’ve thousands of miles of experience cycle touring in the India. Here are some hard-won lessons on how to cope when things go wrong on the roadside.

Prevention is better than cure

The main thing I’ve learnt in all my cycle touring is that things are less likely to go wrong if they’re set up properly in the first place.

Spend time with your bike before you set off, learning how everything fits and which part does what. Take it to a shop for a once-over. A basic maintenance course is also a good idea.

A general rule of thumb is: Anything rattling or rubbing will get worse as you ride – a quiet bike is a happy bike.

The dreaded puncture

Punctures don’t happen that often but there are a lot of simple things you can do to reduce the risk. Invest in quality tyres with puncture protection, pump your tyres to the correct pressure, and check the tyre frequently for shards and stones and lever these out (I carry a tiny screwdriver for this).

Punctures are more common in the rain and you don’t want to be taking your tyre off for the first time in a torrential storm, so have a practice at home first.

If repairing a puncture check the inside of the tyre for stubborn shards of glass/thorns/pieces of flint otherwise you may make a new hole straight away.

Most cyclists swap their punctured inner tube for a fresh one straight away – it’s quicker and you can patch the old one at your leisure which you can then use as a spare. But don’t be afraid to patch – with touring, you have all the time in the world. Wait for the glue to turn tacky before putting the patch on – it will take far longer to stick if you rush. A patched inner tube, when done right, is just as good as a new one. I find glueless patches less effective. Again, when touring, you’re not so in need of efficiency.

If it’s a blowout you’ll need to use your spare tube. Use a folded section of the old one to line the inside of the tyre if you’ve blown a hole in it.

Look after your chain and gears

Be nice to your chain by avoiding changing gear when standing up in the pedals, and keep it as straight as possible (e.g. if you’re in a high gear at the front you should be in a high gear at the back). Carry a Quick Link in case the chain snaps — remove broken link using a chain-breaker and snap the Quick Link in place.

If the derailleur itself breaks, you can remove it completely and shorten the chain so it sits on one of the middle rings — you’ll only have one gear but at least you’ll be able to ride.

Racks and frame

Bolts in racks can rattle undone as you ride so check them regularly. Cable ties can be fed through the bolt hole, but they break easily so string or twine is much better.

If the rack itself breaks, see what’s in your luggage or by the roadside that can be used as a splint. A spoon handle lashed in the right place can be very effective.

Check your wheels

You should check regularly for loose spokes and learn how to tighten them with a spoke key. Carry spare spokes, they can be taped to your top tube. Broken spokes in the front wheel can be replaced without even taking the wheel off. Copy the lacing pattern (typically over-over-under) of the other spokes. Don’t be afraid to give it a fair bit of force.

The rear is more difficult because you have to remove the gears which needs a specialist tool. A broken spoke will cause a buckle in the wheel and put more pressure on the remaining spokes, so replace ASAP. Loosen off the surrounding spokes and the brakes if necessary to allow the wheel to turn.

Brakes will wear

Brake pads will wear as you ride, especially in wet conditions. Turn the barrel adjuster periodically to ensure the brake is still engaging (unscrew the barrel adjuster to tighten the cable). Also remember to keep an eye on the pads to ensure they don’t go beyond the wear line.

Broken cables are easy to replace with a little intuition (and of course a spare cable). Typical path of brake cable: Hook inside lever, through barrel adjuster, outer casing (may be two separate pieces of casing or one single), noodle (curved metal part – only on V brakes), bolt.

 

Health Benefits of Cycling

There are many health benefits that are associated with cycling. Let’s look at a few of the major benefits:

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise
You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are put off doing certain sports because of the high level of skill that seems to be required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to a team sport due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learned you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half an hour here or there when it suits, and a bit of confidence.

Cycling builds strength and muscle tone
Contrary to normal perceptions, cycling is not a fitness activity that solely involves the legs. Cycling builds strength in a holistic manner since every single part of the body is involved in cycling.

Cycling increases muscle tone
Cycling improves general muscle function gradually, with little risk of over exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will gradually begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear end and hips.

Cycling builds stamina
Cycling is a good way to build stamina. It is very effective in doing so,
because people enjoy cycling and they wouldn’t really notice that they have
gone farther the last time they went cycling.

Cycling improves cardio-vascular fitness
Cycling makes the heart pound in a steady manner and helps improve cardio-vascular fitness.  Studies have shown that cycling to work will increase cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%. Cycling uses the largest muscle groups the legs, raising heart rate to benefit stamina and fitness.

Cycling eats up calories
Cycling is a good way to lose those unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride.

Cycling improves heart health
According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. A major study of 10,000 civil servants suggested that those who cycled 20 miles over the period of a week were half as likely to suffer heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues.

Cycling improves coordination
Cycling is an activity that involves the whole body. Therefore, arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye coordination are improved.

Cycling reduces stress
Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem.  Cycling outdoors is also a good way to be one with nature and to feel the breath of the earth. It takes one’s mind out of everyday-life stress and rejuvenates his soul.

When incorporating cycling into an over-all fitness program, there are many aspects to consider. Here are some important things to remember:

 

Consult your doctor
Most people can do cycling. However, it is still best to consult your doctor when thinking about incorporating a cycling activity into an overall fitness program. They shall advise you regarding your limits and capacities and what you should avoid doing.

Cycling is a base training activity
Let’s say that the doctor says that there is nothing wrong with you engaging into cycling as a part of your overall fitness program, what do you do next? Remember that cycling should be considered as a base training activity.  Base training activities are those, which provide endurance and aerobic training at the same time. Re-align your fitness program such that biking becomes the starting activity for the week. Other activities such as circuit training should be done so as to complement the benefits of cycling.

Start slowly and then increase your cycling
For beginners, they should employ a program wherein cycling is done three times a week. Doing it two times a week is also fine, but this depends on the capabilities of the person undergoing the training.

Increase speeds gradually
Gradual increase in speeds is an important aspect of fitness cycling.  Cycling can also be strenuous to the body and the key towards successful fitness cycling is to be patient and not hurry in increasing your limits.

Better safe than sorry
Cycling is great fun but it is important to get the right equipment for the activity. Head gear, kneepads, elbow pads should all be in place when cycling.

The environmental advantages of cycling.

You will find there’s lot of emphasis these days around the difficulty environmental surroundings. Vehicles undoubtedly are a key cause of the particular carbon dioxide that’s contributing to environmentally friendly problems we have now today. In particular inside substantial towns the particular huge amounts of cars and trucks motivated by men and women commuting to function every day use a huge environment effect. Most people in the us use his or her cars and trucks to generate perhaps small visits of a distance as well as much less, triggering key carbon dioxide injury. There is certainly a method to guide all of us out of this blunder – bicycling to function along with the keep.

Driving to function using a motorcycle happens to be very trendy amongst fresh, trendy, environmentally oriented adults but it really gaining popularity amongst different adults likewise due to the health benefits of biking and in addition simply because commuting to function can easily really lessen the amount of carbon dioxide that’s damaging environmental surroundings. Driving to function by motorcycle as well as using a motorcycle running chores and also store lessens carbon dioxide and in addition lessens gas and oil use that’s environment rewards and in addition can easily cut costs.

By using a motorcycle to help go to help and also by do the job lessens the amount of carbon dioxide and may become less tense as compared to relaxing inside site visitors a great hour or so or higher each and every technique. Washing dishes to function and also home is usually a terrific way to be in a regular training and never have to hit a fitness center every day. You also can’t acquire help to make a reason to help escape operating your own motorcycle when it’s your own simply technique home! In the event you’re not necessarily approximately commuting to function every day by motorcycle, look at commuting only one or two days weekly by motorcycle to start out using and also doing work approximately commuting every day by motorcycle. As well as look at having a motorcycle for the stop, shuttle bus cease, as well as ferry. Using open public transportation as an alternative to operating offers lots of environment rewards and also tying shoes to help and also from the open public transportation as an alternative to driving a car might help environmental surroundings additional.

Guidance for cycling with kids.

Many cycle chairs usually are suited to children nearly all around 3 years older. When you can continue to have your kid on the shipment cycle or even movie trailer a couple of more several years, you’ll find tons of techniques for getting these commenced independent cycling journey.

Through age all around three, there are plenty of means for your baby to build up and acquire self-confidence before going alone upon a couple of small wheels:

•             Balance motorcycles: without the need of pedals to perfect, this can be a great way for children to find out to be able to equilibrium, push and build-up the self-confidence upon a couple of small wheels whilst having the capacity to place the feet firmly and incapacitated. Go to the Sustrans store to obtain a new equilibrium cycle.

•             Tag-alongs: the rear 50 % of a new children’s cycle is actually attached with the rear associated with an older one, offering your kid the chance to ‘ride’ devoid of having to worry in relation to manning! Your child can add some of these individual pedal strength, or just freewheel and revel in the actual drive.

•             Trikes: trikes, or even tricycles, make it possible for your kid to perfect pedals devoid of plummeting off. Children appreciate the many fun of getting all around individually without needing to stress about balancing.

•             Training small wheels: stabilisers present support for the back of the cycle. They are a good way for your baby to find out to be able to drive, although perhaps the actual slowest as they will not studying the equilibrium. If you do make use of them, gradually raise the actual stabilisers from the surface to deliver a smaller amount and a smaller amount support in order that they build the equilibrium. Motorbikes having stabilisers ought to slender slightly because if the actual cycle isn’t going to slender, the trunk controls isn’t really and incapacitated plus the brakes are going to be unproductive.

Graduation to be able to road cycling

Bankruptcy lawyer las vegas baby starts off school these people will probably want to circuit. They can circuit for the tarmac in the meantime, as long as these people pay attention to people jogging and cars appearing out of driveways. But via in relation to get older 7 these people might want to circuit to you traveling – at this stage it’s recommended that you indication these way up for Bike ability teaching. You can find three quantities to show your kid handle, road sense and self-confidence — and give an individual relief.

The safe cycling having youngsters document provides more valuable suggestions about the best way to aid children continue to be safe cycling for the roadways.

Safety tips while Cycling

Whether it’s for work, school or pleasure, cycling has many benefits. It’s convenient, environmentally friendly and can help you keep fit.

Cycling has become more popular in recent years, especially on the back of the success of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. With millions of people now choosing to cycle, safety is an increasingly important issue.Cycling is the third most popular recreational activity. As a form of exercise, cycling has broad appeal. Toddlers, pensioners, the able-bodied or people with disabilities can all enjoy cycling if they have the right equipment. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment.It’s a low-impact type of exercise, so it’s easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. But it still helps you get into shape. For example, someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour’s riding, and tone their legs and bottom. If you ride up hills or off-road, you’ll also work your upper body.

Tips on cycling safely

While the benefits of cycling outweigh the risks, the following tips will help you stay safe on the road. Tips are as follows :

 

  • Look behind you before you turn, overtake or stop
  • Use arm signals before you turn right or left
  • Obey traffic lights and road signs
  • Don’t ride on the pavement unless there’s a sign that says you can

On busy or narrow roads, don’t cycle next to another person.

  • When overtaking parked cars, watch out for car doors opening suddenly and allow room to pass safely.
  • Don’t use headphones while cycling
  • Never use a mobile phone while cycling.
  • Be visible to the other road user.
  • Don’t cycle to close to the kerb.
  • Protect yourself with a helmet.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Make your intentions clear to other road users.

 

CYCLING- FUN WITH FAMILY

Cycling is a great sport that can be enjoyed at any age and at any level.  Bicycling is a popular, fun, healthy, and useful activity that people can do their entire lives. Bicycling provides low-impact exercise of variable intensity that improves health, fitness, longevity, mental focus, emotional balance, and stress levels. Cycling is a great way to spend active family time outside. Cycling with kids can be a wonderful experience, and a great opportunity for a family to spend time—and get exercise—together.

It’s the cheap way to get your kids into the fresh air and wear the blighters out. Family cycling holidays are not only a budget-friendly way of getting away together in a recession; they also deprive kids of access to screens and handheld gadgets and thoroughly wear them out, which is never a bad thing.

 

SAFETY GEAR THAT PARENT GIVES TO THEIR CHILD

For any cycling parent, riding with kids adds a new dimension to their cycling. But nobody learns to ride a bike without the odd tumble, and as children grow older and head out on the road, keeping them safe is environment.

1. Protecting kids on bike: The most obvious piece of safety kit is a cycle helmet. To do its job properly a helmet needs to be the right size for your child’s head, and it must be correctly fitted. It’s surprising how often you see children riding in loose-fitting or poorly adjusted helmets.

2. Making your child seen and heard:Safety on the road depends on being seen. At night, that means reflectors and lights, front and rear. Even during the day, lights can help a child on a bike stand out, especially in busy traffic. It helps to be heard as well as seen. A bell is a useful safety precaution, especially for riding on shared-use paths where bicycles and pedestrians mix

3. Teach them to ridewell:  A quality cycle helmet and a set of lights are all very well, but a safety kit on its own doesn’t make your child a safe bike rider. Skills and attitude are even more important. Learning to ride in a straight line, to signal safely without wobbling and reading the behavior of other road users will make your child a better cyclist. A strong example from mum or dad helps, but training from a qualified cycling instructor goes a long way towards equipping your children to enjoy their time on two wheels safely. Many schools arrange ‘Bike ability’ courses for their pupils, or you might want to consider arranging private instruction.

Learning to ride carefully but confidently will set your child on the road to a lifetime of safe cycling.

CYCLING FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT

There is a lot of focus these days on the problems with the environment. Cars, three-wheelers or trucks are the major source of pollution. It releases too much harmful gases. Each and every person has to contribute his or her share to avoid global warming which is mainly caused by different types of gases. You can choose to ride a bicycle for the benefit of our ecosystem.  

Bicycles are the only vehicles which do not release any harmful gases into atmosphere. A motorcycle burns four times more energy than a bicycle. Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide is released into our environment. These are the route cause for most of the respiratory diseases.

  9 ways Riding a bike can save the world (and make your life better)

Turns out, bicycling is not just good for your body and joints, but it’s also the best choice for the environment. Here are 9 ways using a bicycle to get around your city can help to save the world- and improve your life in the process.

  1. Reduces household emissions: Riding your bike to work rather than driving can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%.
  2. Reduces traffic, too:  Car produce .97 pounds of pollution per mile annually; Bicycle produce none. Bicycles are also 50% faster than cars during rush hours.
  3. Cuts down on health care cost:  Bicycling makes you healthier, which in turns saves everyone on health costs. 30 minutes of bicycling a day can save you $544/year this way.
  4. Makes you more productive:  When you spend less time in traffic, you have more time to get things done. Bicycling gives you energy and even makes you happier.
  5. Save entire forests:  Far less rubber is involved in making bicycles and their tires, which helps prevent the clearing of forest s for rubbing plantations.
  6. Combats noise pollution:  Not only does riding a cycle help combat pollution, which affects wild animals, but it results in less roadkill, too.
  7. Keeps land free for nature:  20 bicycles can fit in the space of one car, so if more people rode them, we’d need to clear less land for parking lots.
  8. Help support local business:  When you ride a bicycle, you’re more likely to keep your trips shorter and you’re shopping closer to home, which is great for local biz.
  9. Save lives:  33,000 people dies each year in a car crashes, but only 667-while still a lot- are killed while riding a bicycle, making it much safer.

 

Cycling & Health

Cycling is the best way to stay healthy .Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means your Heart, lungs, blood vessels all get are worked out. You will breathe deeper, perspire and increased body temperature which will help to improve your overall fitness level.

The Health related Benefits of cycling Includes:

  1. Cycling is the best way to exercise.
  2.  Cycling builds Strength.
  3. Cycling increases muscle tone.
  4. Cycling builds Stamina.
  5. Cycling eats Calories.
  6. Cycling improves Heart health.
  7. Cycling reduces Stress.
  8. Cycling helps to reduce your weight.
  9. Cycling is good for immune system.

Mental Effects of Cycling

It’s no secret that cycling makes you fitter. It also sharpens your thinking and melts away stress.

  1. Grow your Mind

Exercise is like a fertilizer to your brain. More blood vessels in your brain and muscles mean more oxygen and nutrients to help them work. When you pedal, you also force more nerve cells to fire. As these neurons light up, they intensify the creation of proteins like brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a compound called noggin which promote the formation of new brain cells.

2.  Positive spin

Plenty of science backs the idea that a good ride can also have emotional benefits. Cycling can elevate your mood, relieve anxiety, increase stress resistance, and even banish the blues. The sweet spot for sharpening mental acuity right after exercise is about 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic riding at roughly 75 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Cycling in the rain: How to survive it

Riding in the rain is part of life on two wheels – no matter the time of year. Some hate it, others enjoy it. Whatever camp you fall in to there are ways to prepare, survive and recover from cycling in the rain.

1. Jacket: The most important item of clothing for battling the rain is a jacket. Not only will a good waterproof jacket keep your torso dry it will help you regulate your body temperature. Gore Tex is the best material as it is waterproof and breathable. A breathable material is essential so you don’t overheat. A thinner rain jacket or ‘shell’ can also be used with the correct layers underneath, although persistent or very heavy rain will get through eventually.

2. Mudguards: They may not look great, and they may rattle, but they are essential. Mudguards will keep all that filthy water on the road off of your feet, lower legs and back (where un-guarded wheels will spray the water with carefree abandon). Even if you miss the rain, the roads will remain wet. That (dirty) water then gets flicked up by the wheels and makes you wet and cold. A flap added to the front guard will give you even greater protection.

3. Overshoes and gloves: Your extremities are the first parts of your body to be sacrificed in order to maintain a core temperature, and when your hands and feet get wet and cold you will feel disproportionally uncomfortable. Water resistant overshoes are worth their weight in gold while gloves are a little harder to get right. They need to protect you without being so thick as to hamper your bike control. You still need to be able to feel the brakes and gears through all that material.

4. Chain degreaser: After a ride in the rain you should immediately shower and dry yourself. The same goes for your chain. Cover it in degreaser (WD40 or GT85 are both widely available although there are bike specific degreasers like Muc Off) then vigorously wipe it down with a rag until it’s dry. A few drops of lube will then protect it for the next ride. Do this and it can double the chain’s lifespan. It’s a good idea to spray the other metallic moving parts too; front and rear gear mechanisms and brake callipers. Try to keep the degreaser away from the hubs, bottom bracket, wheel rims and brake blocks. Ideally your whole bike would get washed down after a wet ride, but we know that’s not very realistic

5. Cycling cap: Air vents in helmets are great in the heat, not so much in the rain. A cheap cycling cap worn under your helmet is a good barrier for your head, with the peak giving extra protection for your eyes against the spray. Other options include a skull cap (although they don’t have peaks) or an aero helmet as many of them have plastic covers

6. Standing water: Avoid it. Standing water not only gets you wet, it can be incredibly dangerous as you never know what’s lurking beneath. It might just be a puddle, but then it could be a wheel smashing pothole. When you see standing water, check over your shoulder before moving safely out to ‘ride the lane’ (most standing water will gather near the kerb). Only ride through standing water if you can clearly see what’s underneath.

7. Check your tyres: Rain water washes all sorts of muck on to the roads, and when your tyres are wet they pick up more of it than usual. After each ride take a quick look over your tyres checking for flints, glass and other debris. Also check for cuts in the tyre that could weaken the carcass or allow the inner tube to bulge through. It’s a good idea to ride a heavier tyre in the winter with a thick tread. Why not try a 25c tyre run a slightly lower pressure too.

8. Plastic bags: If you’re riding in very heavy or constant rain there is almost nothing that will keep your feet dry as water runs down your legs or gets in from underneath. A cheap option to prolong that nice dry feelingin your feet is to slip a plastic bag over your socks, then your tights (if wearing them) pulled down over the bags, then finally your shoes and overshoes. A more permanent, less budget version is Seal Skinz socks that do a good job of protecting your feet.

9. Lights: Whether it’s the droplets of water on wing mirrors or a steamed-up windscreen, driving standards drop drastically in the rain. It is well worth making yourself more visible when it’s raining, even in the middle of the day. There are plenty of good quality, lightweight, LED lights that can be discreetly clipped to your bike. If riding at night, lights that meet legal requirements are needed anyway. Flashing LEDs are a good addition.

 

10. Turbo or rollers: This isn’t so much as dealing with the rain as avoiding it. Structured sessions of anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour can do amazing things for your fitness. Sat on your bike aimlessly pedalling while watching the TV, less so.