As the season begins to change, we here at EBC thought it was important to highlight some important tips on how to maintain your bike and your safety when riding in wet climates.
#1 Check your surroundings and make sure to ride slowly
During wet seasons drivers become more tense and road conditions begin to deteriorate. Because of these two reasons, it is important for the rider to be highly aware of their surroundings. Similar to driving, when riding in bad weather it is important to reduce your speed by 1/3rd of the stated speed limit, in order to help improve your traction on slick ground and to improve your visiblity. Common wet weather issues like oil slicks and pot holes can put riders at serious risk for injury and greatly damage your bike. Therefore, by taking these extra precautions you will not only your safety but the safety of others.
#2 Add lights to your bike
With bad weather comes bad visibility for both drivers and riders. Using your lights in bad weather is not only crucial for your own visibility but also helps you stand out to drivers who are also pioneering the same conditions. Typically, bikes are stocked with a white light headlight and a red taillight which are great assets to have when you are riding at night, but may not be sufficient enough in foggy or wet weather. To increase your visibility to other vehicles it is advised to add extra lights and reflectors to your bike or helmet.
#3 Brake early
When the ground is wet and conditions are poor, it is vital to be attentive and not only anticipate your actions but the actions of other vehicles around you. In addition to slowing down in bad weather, it is also extremely important to brake early as it will prevent your from hydroplaning or skidding on the wet roads, while also preparing you for any other dangers that could occur on the road.
#4 Properly clean and store your bike after use
While all are bike components are made with stainless rust resistant steel, we still believe that it is fairly important to maintain the condition of your bike by wiping off any moisture that is still left after your ride. In doing so, you will increase the lifespan of your bike and not have to replace parts more quickly.
Be safe and happy riding.