Frequent question: How should I dress for cycling in the rain?

Is it OK to cycle while raining?

Biking in the rain is more dangerous than riding in dry conditions for an obvious reason: slippery when wet. The road itself is slicker, and so are trail obstacles. Painted surfaces and metal road features are like ice.

What are the layers of cycling clothing you should wear?

A thin base layer, knicks, jersey, socks and short finger gloves are all you need. When choosing a base layer for this temperature, be aware that base layers come in many different shapes, sizes, and thicknesses.

How do I freshen up after cycling to work?

You can have a ‘bird bath’ wash using a sink, soap and a flannel (carried to/from work in a plastic bag). Or you can use wet wipes – unscented ones are best. Either way, wash face, armpits and groin, then towel off; travel towels or even just J-cloths work fine and pack small. Apply deodorant and, if used, makeup.

What should I wear under my bike helmet in the rain?

Wear a cycling cap, head wrap, or bandana underneath your bicycle helmet when cycling in the rain, scorching sun, hail, or snow. It should fit nicely under the helmet, but you’ll have to loosen the straps a bit so that the helmet doesn’t squeeze your head.

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