3 Vital Cycling Accessories for Rainy Days


Cycling Rain Picture IllustrationIt’s 8am,  I’m on the way to work and it’s pouring down with rain.

Urgh.

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.

Mudguards – £8.99

Cheap Cycling Mudguards

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.

LED Clip-on Lights – £3.27

LED Bike Lights

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.

WD40 400ml – £6.54

WD40

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.


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3 thoughts on “3 Vital Cycling Accessories for Rainy Days

  • John the Monkey

    Mudguards – I think it’s hard to beat a proper set – SKS chromoplastics, or similar (Stronglight do a decent set that Spa had on offer for £18 recently).

    The cheaper ‘guards are better than nothing, but using them, you’ll cover other people, and your drivetrain (more expensively) in crud – riding on wet roads, or in the wet, full ‘guards are worth the money.

  • Phil

    Full mudguards are a definite necessity; I would also add that mudflaps are an extra help in keeping water and unspecified road gunk off both your clothing and drivetrain. After finding commercial ones too short, I made my own from flexible plastic chopping mats from Morrisons- two pieces cut into a cricket bat shape and laminated together with gaffer tape- with the ‘handle’ then zip tied to the mudguard. I have one at the back of each guard, with a further piece extending down the front of the rear guard preventing crap getting thrown forward from the wheel on to my chain. They are strong enough to stop most things being deposited on me or the bike, flexible enough to bend on contact with anything solid and very cheap. I worked the cost out at about £5 for both wheels, I haven’t had to oil my chain in months because the oil isn’t being washed off and neither is it getting dirtier because crap isn’t making it from ground to chain.