I am sharing my cycling experience during the rainy season. May be this post will prompt others to post their experiences as well, so that we can all get prepared for the coming season. Most enjoyable rides I had are in the rainy season and when it actually rains. So, I am looking forward to rains once again.
Some preliminary tips to enjoy riding in the rainy season. Others may add your experiences and tips.
- First requirement is a good mud-gaurd for both wheels. The default mud-guard we get in the shops are useless. I have a back carraige on my cycle. I took a rigid plastic sheet (taken out of a plastic paper file, slightly larger than an A4 sheet), and attached it as an extension to the carriage to create a hood. If you don't have this, the water will spill on your back. Mind you, it is not just water, it is often dirty water. Your T will have all the dirt if you ride without a mud-guard.
- Second do not wear cotton dress. May sound a bad suggestion for cotton loving people. But, during rainy season cotton dress takes ages to get dry. I change to cottons after reaching home/office.
- Use half-pants or shorts. No pants.
- Strictly no umbrella
- You may like to wear a thin raincoat, but I recommend no coat for enjoyable rides. Any rain coat will make you sweat inside. Since Mumbai is very humid, even the mac-in-a-sac rain coat does not give good results. If you must wear, I recommend mac-in-a-sac.
- Use washable sandals for foot wear. I use Quechua sandals available from playgroundonline or Adventure sports near Metro. The grip should be good while riding, particularly while riding in a standing position.
- Base ball cap or a helmet (I use the latter)
- Fully covered sunglasses are useful. I remove my glasses completely when there is too much of rain. Or else you feel like having wipers for your glasses :-)
- After the ride, you must take a shower. Demand showers in your workplace if your office doesn't have.
- Put all the stuff that should be kept dry, mobile, notebooks, books, spare dress in a plastic/water proof flexible bag, and tie it on the handle or the carriage. I stopped using a backpack, but if you have a water-proofed backpack you may use that instead.
- Always apply both breaks (this worked better in my case.) My cycle does't have disk brakes.
- Last but not the least, prepare your mind to get wet. It is not a sin. Don't feel ashamed.
These are my tips based on my experience. Others may have different suggestions.
You may have to take several precautions while riding in the rains, particularly on badly maintained roads, pot holes, submerged roads.