Weather and cyclists: what you need to know

Saturday 20 Jul 2019

It will not surprise any cyclist, the weather conditions are particularly important to fully enjoy an expedition. What advice should be applied to “get off to a good start” and avoid certain complex situations? This article will review these relevant topics.

When the weather doesn’t cooperate

Who hasn’t experienced showers or other difficult weather conditions despite good weather at the start of a trip? No one is immune to the weather, especially cycling enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the Swiss climate is not spared from periodic precipitation, unlike some of its “luckier” neighbors.

Whatever your profile as a cyclist, knowing the consequences of inclement weather and some of the advice applied by professionals is essential.

Cycling and the consequences of “bad weather”

It will not surprise any internet user, a non-climate weather will only present disadvantages during a cycling trip such as:

– Discomfort
– Lack of visibility
– The risk of falling (slippery ground)
– Increased braking distances
– Deterioration of the equipment used

In short, when faced with such situations, cycling in bad weather is obviously not recommended. How can you preserve yourself without depriving yourself of your bike rides?

Some advice to apply without any moderation

Get equipped for the seasons

First of all, take care to choose your outfit according to the seasons. Of course, a perfect knowledge of “local weather habits” is essential to define whether your kaway will be your best ally.

Ideally, it is also wise to take into account the sweat generated by your future efforts. Favoring an outfit that can “let your body breathe” is highly recommended here.

Consult a weather app

The habits of cycling enthusiasts have evolved at the pace of the digitalization of services and the development of the web. Now, a simple app via an Android or iOS smartphone can provide detailed and relatively reliable forecasts for the coming days.

It is up to you to choose the app of your choice by considering the users’ opinions, then to use it before organizing your next outings.

Go on an adventure… When the weather permits

One safety rule deserves your full attention: avoid venturing into unknown areas if the weather is not good. Indeed, depending on your habits and performance, cycling can become a dangerous sport when certain conditions are present.
Imagine a slippery ground combined with a lack of visibility in places you have never visited… In all responsibility, this scenario should be avoided for your safety. However, if these conditions should unintentionally occur to you, turn around and save yourself!

Safe night riding

Regardless of the season, darkness can affect visibility, but also the safety of cyclists. As a reminder, several rules imposed by the Federal Road Traffic Act must be fully assimilated before organizing your outings.

First of all, your speed must be adapted to each situation. A good driving style when passing through a construction zone or near a school are perfect examples.

Also, make sure that your side reflectors are in good condition and properly attached. Sometimes, a few splashes of mud can limit their visibility; a simple wipe with a damp cloth will be sufficient. Also, don’t hesitate to equip yourself with an additional headlight at the front and rear of your frame. These will guarantee your visibility to drivers of motorized vehicles. Finally, favor a light-colored (and if possible reflective) outfit during your nighttime escapades!

Ask for advice from other cyclists

Finally, if your goal is to discover new views, don’t hesitate to consult the opinions of other cyclists to possibly benefit from relevant recommendations. Preferred routes, work in progress, poor road conditions… The more you know, the more you will enjoy your escapades!

Once again, the Internet is an ideal tool for every cyclist profile. A few searches from a social network or specialized forum will sometimes be enough to communicate with other enthusiasts. Why deprive yourself of it?

And of course, our club is here for you !