Wet weather riding

The Rain God.

We have all seen them, they appear to ride just as quickly in the rain as they do in the dry.

They don’t, but it is relative to how quickly less skilled riders will be going.

iconWhat are they doing that you aren't?

Your tyres are actually pretty good at doing their job which is providing you with lots of grip in a variety of conditions, including when the road is wet.

There is less grip than on a good dry surface but there is often much more than you might believe.

The ‘Rain God’s’ know this, and know how to exploit it.

They will be smooth everywhere. Smooth lines, steering and adjustments in speed.

The less you ask of you tyres in terms of braking or accelerating the more they have left to get you round corners.

Never put your tyres anywhere your eyes haven’t already been - sound riding practice in any conditions, and critical if you are riding quickly in the wet.

Look well ahead, plan the smoothest safe course through bends and watch the road surface acutely at the limit point. Give yourself time to make adjustments to your course or speed smoothly if the surface changes or there is a hazard you need to avoid. Drain covers, bitumin, polished and worn tarmac, gravel or other deposits all reduce grip and must be taken into account.

iconThat’s a bit of theory, but it is the practice that will make the greatest difference to your confidence and your ability.

Most losses of control negotiating bends, wet or dry are a result of the rider ‘bottling it’ because they think the bike can’t make it round.On go the brakes and the rest is history.

In the vast majority of cases the bike is perfectly happy and within its limits. Had it been allowed to continue doing what it is very well designed to do, it would have transported its rider safely around and out the other side.

If you want to know more and learn to ride quickly and safely in the wet the best advice is get trained.

One day course - £170.00.

Two day course - £320.00.

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