“What an awfully gloomy day! Seems perfect for a ride,” said no cyclist ever. Jumping in the saddle when it’s gloomy is typically not on cyclists’ list of favorite things to do, but Bicycling argues that you should still spin in the rain. “It’s important to know how your bike handles and how to handle your bike in the rain, as well as how to dress to be confident and comfortable in those conditions,” says Kate Veronneau, a guide with Thomson Bike Tours.
Anyone can spin in the sunshine, but skilled cyclists are made in the rain. Here’s what you should try riding in the rain.