How to cycle safely on wet roads

Train Sharp’s James McCallum reveals a few wet-weather essentials for the months ahead...

Keep it wheel

Adjust your tyre pressure ahead of wet road rides. Taking the pressure down to around 90psi will slow your times, but the move means that you will create a bigger ‘footprint’ for the tyre and get greater grip when you come to those slippery surfaces. Clear any debris from the tyre tread and if you’re using carbon rims look to use carbon-specific brake pads or at least allow more time for braking.

Be on guard

Mudguards and flaps not only prevent your legs and backside from getting caked in mud, but are etiquette essentials when you are training with a group. Some clubs will even relegate you to the rear of the pack if you don’t use a mudguard. Invest in some glasses, which will help keep the rain and spray from other bikes out of your eyes too.

Mull at corners

Braking sharply on bends is probably the greatest cause of crashes when it comes to riding in wet weather conditions. Adjust your technique so you take turns wider and slower than you would if the roads were dry – ideally brushing the brakes before you enter the turn. Go for the widest line, cut across the apex so you are close to the inside, then exit wide and try shifting your weight, by pushing down with your outside foot, for better road grip.

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