If you’re someone who loves thrill, fun and adventure, you should consider cycling, especially with the monsoons right around the corner. Cycling is not just fun, but also an excellent way to lose some weight and a more comfortable means for short distance commute. The monsoons are here, and that should not be a reason to take a step back from cycling. Instead, you should gear up, get out and pedal to challenge the rains. While you’re at it, let us warn you that cycling in the rain is not as smooth and straightforward as it is in regular days. Let that not discourage you for we have the tips that will help you counter the problems of cycling in the rains.
- Check the weather: Before you are all set to hit the streets, it is better to take a look and pay attention to the weather forecast for the day and then calculate the risk you might have to undertake if you cycle in heavy rain. It is better to avoid cycling if there is heavy rain in your area or the weather predictions say that you can expect heavy rainfall soon.
- Stick to familiar roads: Exploring new paths is always fun unless it is the time of rains. You never know when you get stuck or lost in your way towards exploration and to add to that the rains do not help the cause. So, it would be better to keep the explorer within you patient till the monsoon is done with for the year.
- Keep your eyes open: When you are in India, it is always necessary to keep your eyes wide open when you are on the streets and especially more because of the condition of roads in the monsoon season do not help your cause. You always need to look out for the potholes on the streets.
- Have a firm grip on the brakes: When you cycle in the monsoon season it is necessary to keep in mind that the roads might be slippery due to the rains and it is always required to keep the pace in check. While you’re at it, always have a secure grip on the brakes for you will need it very often while you ride in the monsoon season and do remember to hold the brake a little earlier than you usually do as your cycles lose 30% of its braking power due to wet rims and brake pads.
- Carry your raincoat: You might be riding your cycle in the cold weather but you can never trust the monsoon clouds that may bring down rain at any moment of the day. If you’re thinking about carrying an umbrella, we suggest you go for a raincoat instead, as it is very dangerous to use an umbrella while cycling at the same time and the umbrella might not give you much of a support especially with the winds that come along with the rains.
- Be visible: It often happens that when you ride your cycles on the road while it is raining, you or the vehicles in front are not clearly visible to the cars at the back and that may lead to accidents. While the motor vehicles use the indicators, the cyclists need to be very cautious of being visible to the other vehicles and should try keeping to the left side of the road to avoid any form of danger.
- Reduce tire pressure: When the roads are wet, which is most likely in the monsoons, it is very difficult to keep the tires stuck to the ground. The friction is very less between the tire and the tarmac, thus consider reducing the tire pressure a little, and that will give you a bit more control on your cycle and increase the lost traction and make cornering better.
- Keep Safe distance from other cars: As said about the visibility factor in the rains it is always a safe option to keep a bit of distance from the other vehicles. Stick to your own lane, and you might want to avoid overtaking other vehicles especially taking into consideration of the condition of the roads in monsoon.
- Take a buddy along: It is advisable to bring a friend along with you while you go cycling this monsoon. It ensures that there is someone to help you in case of emergencies and why not take a ride with a friend that makes the journey much more interesting.
- Carry your wallet: You might want to carry some cash with you while you ride in the monsoon rains especially. You never know what kind of emergencies may get hold of you in the middle of the journey and the money comes in handy at such a point of time.
Well, follow these tips, and you are all set to go. Yulu provides cycles on rent at very affordable prices to help you reach your destination smoothly beating the rains with the tips mentioned above. Scan and rent a bicycle using the Yulu app and pedal for fun this monsoon.