When the weather turns foul
those of you riders who don't have experience riding in the rain,
I thought I'd offer you this...
out for a half-day or longer ride, at the very-least, bring a rain
jacket with you on your ride. It might not rain on your ride, but
if it does, a rain jacket is the minimal you'll want.
you think you might be taking some long-distance rides, you might
want to consider getting a pair of motorcycle "over-pants"
to wear, or to bring with you. They're not only good rain protection,
they also have padding (armor)
and made from extra tough material. They look baggy (like ski pants)
so they're not at all sexy, but they'll save your butt in more ways
bring a few small zip-lock baggies with you to protect your iPod/phone/wallet/watch/etc
from the rain.
if you already have ankle-high
boots, cool - if not, rain will find it's way into your socks
and make for a very cold and uncomfortable ride home. Either way,
bring an extra pair of dry socks - it's always a good idea.
few safety tips...
it first starts to rain, oils from the road tend to rise to the surface
making the road sometimes a bit slick - in heavy rains, the oils tend
to get washed away after a while, but you'll still need to be careful
of your own hydroplaning. When the rain is heavy, it's best to pull
over and wait it out.
you decide to ride in the rain, whenever possible, stay in the wheel
tracks of other vehicles, rather than in the center of the road, where
cars and trucks tend to drip slippery oils, etc.
be extra careful around painted markings in the road during and after
the rain - they can be slippery as ICE. Avoid the yellow lines in
the center of the roads, and the cross-walk markings, etc. Railroad
tracks and steel construction plates can also be slick like ice when
braking in the rain, it's likely your discs will be wet, and not have
the same stopping power as when dry - when approaching a red light
(or any stop) it's a good idea to "ride" the brakes lightly
beforehand, just briefly to let them get warm and dry before full
in the rain is all part of the adventure - and a little preparation
goes a long way.