GET­TING WET?

Fast Bikes - - RIDING -

Q Can you help please? I ab­so­lutely hate rid­ing in the rain and try to avoid it at all costs to the point of not go­ing out if there is any chance of rain. What can I do to over­come this ha­tred? I live in the UK so it’s go­ing to rain at some point and it’s hav­ing a real im­pact on the amount of sad­dle time I can en­joy. A Rid­ing in the rain can be great fun, and some of the best days coach­ing I have had at the school have been in the rain. What pri­mar­ily con­cerns rid­ers in the wet are the is­sues of grip and the road sur­face, in­duc­ing the fear of a loss of trac­tion. The im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that if a slide oc­curs, be­cause it’s wet then it will hap­pen at a lower speed than in the dry. Al­though mod­ern bikes have trac­tion con­trol, this is a rider aid and does not mean that the rider won’t crash. If the rider re­mains re­laxed on the han­dle­bars, but grips the fuel tank tightly with his knees, then the rider will get much bet­ter feed­back from the bike. If it be­gins to move around the rider will know this im­me­di­ately, and feel the bike mov­ing around un­der­neath (de­pend­ing on which level the trac­tion con­trol is set on).

The key to rid­ing in the rain is to be smooth with the con­trols, es­pe­cially on the road – an­tic­i­pate sit­u­a­tions that are likely to de­velop and when you ride be proac­tive rather than re­ac­tive as much as pos­si­ble. On track, do the same things at the same places on the track to make your­self con­sis­tent.

The only way to im­prove your wet rid­ing skills is to go out and prac­tice them!

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