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Riding in wet weather is not all that enjoyable, but the experience can be improved with preparation and correct clothing. 

Carry a bicyclist's rain cape, and make sure your bike has fenders.  A rain cape is similar to a poncho but made especially for biking.  They are brightly colored for visibility, small, lightweight, and inexpensive.  The front loops hook over your thumbs or front hand brakes creating a tent to protect you from the rain

You will need full length fenders on the bicycle, otherwise dirty water from the back wheel will spray up your back under the cape. 

Rain suits made of Gore-Tex or other breathable materials work well, especially equipped with air holes to allow for cooling. Many have reflective stripes to enhance your visibility, too.

Braking in Wet Weather

Wet rim brakes on steel rims decreases your stopping distance.  Apply brakes brakes in advance, well before you need to stop.

Avoid slick surfaces such as manhole covers, painted traffic markings, wet leaves and oil slicks.  Avoid riding through puddles if you can't see the bottom -- a puddle can hide a pothole.

Dry your bike and re-lubricate the bike chain when you are through bicycing prevent it from rusting.

 

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