Cycling in the rain can often leave us asking: “why do I do this?”
But, wrap up well, don the unflattering waterproofs and invest in some cheap accessories for your bike, and your journey’s will be made a lot more bearable and safer in treacherous conditions.
Below, The Discerning Cyclist takes a look at three accessories for your bicycle that will make cycling in the rain a lot more bearable this winter (who am I kidding? Summer too) – each of which can be purchased for under £10 from Amazon.
There’s no point trying to look stylish if, when you get off your bike, your riddled with dirty splash marks all the way down your back.
Mudguards are a wet weather essential.
These Polisport Mudguards, suitable for 24” and 26” wheels, are particularly useful in that they are extremely lightweight and incredibly easy to fit in that they just clip-on.
People often lament at the cost of cycling accessories – and rightly so. But if you’re moaning about the price of these…well, I have no words for you, peasant. Working out at under £1.64 per light, these easy clip-on LED cycling lights are a must-have bargain.
Great for increasing visibility on your bike both at night and in rainy conditions, LED lights provide a high-quality of lighting and improved battery life.
Stay safe for £3.27.
Admittedly not the most glamorous accessory in the world, and possibly not even an accessory come to think of it…
But, what the heck, this is nonetheless a crucial addition to your winter cycling kit.
Think of a can of WD40 as an investment for your bike. Keep your bike, and in particular the chain, rust-free, and you’re bike will not only gift you a smoother ride in the short-term, but will also elongate the lifespan of your bike.
I’d recommend applying this to your chain after a wet day, especially if you’re bike’s been locked outside for most of it.