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Riding a bike in the rain

Can you ride a bike in the rain? Definitely. It can be uncomfortable.. or fun.

Riding a bike in the rain sounds like it could be bad, but you can work around that. With an atmospheric river and bomb cyclone event recently hitting the state of California, we’ve gotten a lot of recent experience with riding in the rain.  I wrote a post with tips for gear and prep for riding in the rain, and wanted to add some updates in this one. https://youtu.be/Rbi-piGhXF4 Why shouldn’t you ride your bike in the rain? You might be put off by it for a few reasons: Safety: Roads can be slippery and visibility can be reduced. Comfort: Riding while wet can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re not dressed appropriately. You may feel wet and cold.. Maintenance: All that rain can be hard on your bike as well. Water can corrode metal parts. Here’s how you can overcome […]

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Riding with the kid in the rain

Making it fun: Gear for biking ourselves and our kid in the rain

Biking in the Rain with a Kid Our family doesn’t own a car, so when it rains we often have to still ride our bikes.  This sometimes can present challenges when riding with a kid.  The rain has returned, at least temporarily, in the Bay Area.  So we got out our waterproof outerwear for the rides to school and back.  Here the gear we use for biking in the rain. Biking Rain Gear (for the adults) I’ve been bike commuting to school/work for nearly 20 years now, and my bikes and gear have evolved considerably.  Here is my current setup for biking in the rain: On the Bike Fenders: I have the type that mount to eyelets on the bike and cover a lot of the wheel.  Some of the temporary solutions work ok, but it’s nice having more wheel […]

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