Weather and cyclists: what you need to know

Saturday 20 Jul 2019

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The weather and its consequences for cyclists

It will come as no surprise to any cyclist that the weather conditions are particularly important for enjoying an expedition to the full. 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 journey? No one is immune to the weather, especially cycling enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the Swiss climate is not spared from periodic rainfall, unlike some of its “luckier” neighbours. 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 come as no surprise to any internet user, non-weather will only present disadvantages when cycling 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 protect yourself without depriving yourself of your cycling outings?

Some advice to apply without any moderation

Equip yourself according to 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. Favouring an outfit capable of “letting your body breathe” is highly recommended here.

Consult a weather application

The habits of cycling enthusiasts have evolved with the digitalisation 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’s up to you to choose the app of your choice by considering user reviews, then use it before planning your next outing.

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. Depending on your habits and performance, cycling can become a dangerous sport when certain conditions are present. Imagine slippery ground combined with a lack of visibility through places you have never visited… In all responsibility, this scenario should be avoided for your safety. However, if these conditions should unintentionally arise, 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 organising your rides.
First of all, your speed should be adapted to each situation. A good driving style when driving through a construction zone or near a school is a good example.
In addition, make sure that your side reflectors are in good condition and correctly fixed. Sometimes, a few splashes of mud can limit their visibility; a simple wipe with a damp cloth will suffice. Also, don’t hesitate to equip yourself with an extra headlight at the front and rear of your frame. These will ensure that you are visible to drivers of motorised vehicles. Lastly, favour light-coloured (and if possible reflective) clothing during your night-time escapades!

Ask other cyclists for their opinion

Finally, if your goal is to discover new panoramas, don’t hesitate to consult the opinions of other cyclists to possibly benefit from relevant recommendations. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy your outings!
Once again, the Internet is an ideal tool for every cyclist profile. A few searches on a social network or specialised forum will sometimes be enough to communicate with other enthusiasts. Why not?