My Pro Tips for Cycling in the Rain (Regular Riding + Commuting)


as you can see riding in the rain is
totally fun what’s going on guys, Two Wheel Cruise here in Nagoya Japan today we’re going to be talking about cycling in the rain I’ve got some good tips for you guys I’ve been actually wanting to make this video for a while now and today I had really good plans but the rain is kind of ruining my ride so first we’re gonna head back to the studio where it’s nice and dry and then we’ll go over my tips for cycling in the rain back here in the studio. nice and dry. I had a nice shower today’s ride was a bit miserable just
being in the rain all day and if you’ve seen our recent cycling vlogs when we
traveled in Taiwan we’ve had enough with the rain me and my wife and yeah I
wasn’t gonna do that today so I’ve been actually wanting to make this video for
a while so this video about my recommendation and tips for cycling in
the rain and I just have been procrastinating procrastinating and just
didn’t have time to make the video but today because of this rainy ride I
finally have the motivation to do so so let’s go ahead and get started with the
tips there’s gonna be a lot that we’re gonna go over if you’re new to the
channel consider subscribing we make videos about cycling and life in Japan
anyway let’s go ahead and begin so the first thing I want to talk about
is the things that we wear so like our clothing and let’s just start from the
top down because it’s easier to go in a direction away so starting with the top
your head is the first contact point with the rain so and it really sucks if
your hair gets wet and it’s just drenched forever so there are a couple
different things that you can do to avoid this if you saw earlier in the
video I was wearing my hoodie from my jacket and put it underneath my helmet
so wearing some sort of hat or hoodie underneath your helmet really reduces
the amount of rain that gets in another option is using like a cycling cap so
we’ve got our two wheel crews cycling caps for sale if you’re interested you
can check the link over there and yeah so these work really good basically
something in between your head and your helmet so pretty simple right moving
down another essential part that you want to protect is your eyes so I really
recommend using some sort of see-through glasses because when it’s raining it’s
usually darker than usual so so you can’t use your normal shades because
it’s too dark so I recommend getting some sort of clear lens you can get
cycling specific lenses but as you can see what I have here is just something
really cheap that I got at like a home center like Home Depot or something like
that so whatever works and these are great they have a wider area so because
these are like the home center protection kind of glasses they have a
bit more range for blocking the rain that gets in so pretty solid of course
the helmet itself so Aero helmets are all the rage nowadays so the less
ventilation above means there’s less rain coming through so if you have a
more Aero style helmet or something that has a complete block on the top then
yeah it’s sockson it’s really hot in the summer but you’re protected from the
rain so that’s another thing that really helps if you have a solid helmet okay
moving down from the neck below we’ve got our our main chest area so of course
you’re gonna want some sort of jacket and there are a bunch of different
cycling specific rain jackets that you can get I found that most of these are
really really overpriced and I tend to use some sort of alternative solutions
so if you have the money and you want to invest in a really good cycling specific
rain jacket go for it but you might want to consider some alternatives as well if
you want to save some money there’s two main types of jackets the soft shell and
more hard shell kind so the soft shell is kind of like this one here this one
cost me about $30 and I just got the at a general store here in Japan we have
a store called Uniqlo so you can get this there they still have these are
really common they’re really lightweight they fold down really well they fit
right in your pocket but the disadvantage is they only work to a
certain extent so as the rain comes down heavier you’re gonna start to get wet
and you don’t really have complete protection and you’re just gonna get
soaked no matter what the other option is the hardshell so the more complete
waterproof jacket we’ve got a clip here with my wife modeling these from a
couple months back when I wanted to start making this video check this out
I mean no heat on OGE I mean I do omid I do Karina I mean also good if you
live in a country or place with a lot of rain like Japan there’s a lot of
clothing available for rain so rain preventative clothing you can see the
clothing here that my wife is wearing has a scent so you get the upper half
jacket and you also get the pants below so the pants are great these are
obviously not something that you want to wear if you’re going for a serious
training ride but if you’re just commuting into work or something or you
need to go run some errands it’s a really great solution because you’re
just completely protected and you can just take it all off when you get there
it’s kind of a trade-off do you want something that’s light and breathable
but not completely waterproof or do you want something that’s a hundred percent
waterproof but then heavier and bulkier and more getting in the way next let’s
talk about Footwear so your normal cycling shoes are just gonna get soaked
and that’s that’s pretty much all there is to it
there are some solutions to get around this for example there are shoe covers
that will completely cover your shoe and they’re really hard to get on because
they fit so tight that the water can’t get in for example I think Velo toes is
one of these companies I don’t personally use any of these but I do
know people who have used them and recommend them highly so that’s a pretty
good option if you want something for your more serious rights with the socks
as well you want to pick socks that don’t absorb so much so smaller socks
are generally better if you’re just commuting what I like to do is I like to
wear my sandals or flip-flops that have sort of more hard soles so the reason I
do this is because if you’re gonna wear socks or something they’re just gonna
get wet anyway so I just bring my pair of shoes to where I need to go or I just
leave a pair of work shoes in my office so when I get there I
just put on my shoes and I have my socks there all right I think we talked about
most of the main body parts let’s talk about some accessories as well so for
commuting and regular riding you’re likely to be carrying a bit of luggage
and one of the ways that I do this is with a backpack or some sort of
Camelback like this so you’ll see that this bag is not waterproof you’ll likely
want to pick something that is waterproof but in the case that it’s not
waterproof there are some things that you can do for example you can get a
plastic shell to go around your bag this one actually comes with it in in the
bottom here so we see that this pulls out cover the bag like this so it’s not
100% waterproof but it works really good but yeah depending on where you live in
the world if you live in a rainy area like Japan there’s gonna be a lot of
backpacks available that are waterproof you may also want to get like a plastic
bag to put your delicate stuff inside your bag if it’s not waterproof so I use
this with smaller bags for example I use ziplock bags and I put my like cell
phone in here so it’s always protected even though my cell phone is kind of
technically waterproof so Samsung Galaxy but you’d ever want to test that too
much if I’m bringing my camera with me on a ride and I’m filming stuff like I
did today I have an extra big ziplock bag so it’ll fit right in here I can
protect all my electronics I always always always have some sort of ziplock
bag with me just to protect my delicate stuff and I mean electronics by the way
oh for the bike itself fenders are a given you have enough water coming down
on you you don’t want any extra water coming up on you so I actually don’t
have a fender myself but I really wanted one on today’s ride as I was getting
just absolutely soaked riding through those giant puddles another important
thing is lights especially a backlight because you don’t want to get rear-ended
by some car that can’t see you so even if it’s daytime there’s not much
daylight because of the rain and you want your light on the blinking motor
some sort of movement on you don’t just want some static light you want some
movement in that light that’s been proven to be just way way way safer if
you’re riding in the rain a long time you might want to use some specific
chain lubricant that’s meant for wet conditions and also just drying off your
bike at the end of the ride just wiping it down with a towel real quick saves
you the hassle of having to clean your bike later
I try and do it right after my ride but you all know I’m not the best with bike
maintenance and keeping my bikes clean but anyway that’s what you should do
don’t it’s not necessarily what I do but it’s what you should do so wrapping up
there’s still a few other things that I wanted to mention and one of those is
just how you’re riding the bike so keep in mind that when you’re riding in the
rain the conditions are completely different than riding in dry conditions
so you can’t quite take a turn as fast as you normally would
I recommend dropping down your air pressure so I normally ride around 110
120 psi in my road bike but if it’s raining I’ll go down quite a bit and I
usually go by feel but I would say it’s maybe around 80 or so and depending on
what tires you have if you have wider tires you might be able to go lower or
if you’re riding some sort of mountain bike road tires or hybrid tires or even
tubeless you might be able to go even lower depending on your set and again
going going back to those corners there’s a huge difference in your
braking power as you’re braking so if you’re using normal caliper road brakes
those ones will definitely have this really really big difference in power
and especially if you’re using like carbon wheels and carbon rims like
you’re not gonna get any braking power fortunately a lot of people are making
the switch to disc brakes now so right now I’m using my cross bike which has
disc brakes so I had no problems braking in the rain today but even then if you
if you sort of try and break too quickly you might slide speaking of sliding you
have to be careful of what areas are really kind of dangerous so on the
course today there was some mud that got onto the course which caused me to slide
a little bit and so different types of pavement are more slippery in the rain
so for example lines on the road are really really dangerous and Japan has a
lot of big painted nib they paint all over on their roads they’ll have a whole
section that’s like all red all blue or something and this type of pavement can
be a little bit dangerous if you’re changing from one to the other one and
you’re not quite expecting that and also depending on type like what type of
bricks you are if there’s some sort of slippery bricks on the sidewalk Japan
has a lot of these as well and if you’re just on those it’s kind of like glass if
you try turning on those you’re just gonna slip and slide and this has
happened to me a couple of times here a few more and then I’d like to admit but
yeah just be careful there’s different types of concrete there’s different
types of bricks there’s different types of riding surfaces that you’re on and
every time you change from one to another
every time you hit some sort of bump you’re gonna be risking losing traction
and standing up on the bike can be a little bit dangerous as well so instead
of standing up where you normally would you might want to try and sit down and
spin through that hill if you’re climbing or something like that
and last but not least is reflective gear if this just goes along with the
lights you want to make yourself as visible as possible and this is true in
really any situation but especially more so at night or in rainy conditions HM is
that everything so yeah this is a pretty big topic and I’m sure there’s something
I missed if you have any other ideas or good
suggestions for riding cycling in the rain please leave it below in the
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  1. I take a different approach to riding in the rain during the summer. If I wear any type of rain gear… I just sweat too much. End result… I'm still wet. I rather be wet and cool during the summer versus wet, sweaty, and hot. Since my bikes have rear racks, I have a waterproof Ortlieb pannier with a towel and complete change of clothes. I give myself some extra time to get to work… to dry off and change. For footwear… I wear a pair of Keen brand hiking sandals and Showers Pass ( www.showerspass.com ) waterproof socks.

  2. My bike skidded before when i was riding in rain 🌧. That was so bad. I did not even feel my rear wheel when i pressed the back brake. So take care.

  3. Yay! Sandals are great for the rain. I don't wear much gear though. I did before. I actually wear less now, because I get sweaty under all the clothes. So swim trunks and tank top. I just dry off at my destination. I didn't have fenders during the rainy months, but I do have a rear rack. I think that did the trick since I don't remember having any mud butt. It's going to be snowing here soon. Would you do a video for that? haha. I haven't done that before, but I may this winter. I just need to somehow get my hands on a fatbike and some windshear handle bar things for my handsies

  4. For regular riding I prefer shower cap on the helmet and DIY A$$ saver as advice by Michael Rice(the american guy/nhk cycling around japan host).
    As for commuting I prefer 16" folding bike with built-in fenders looks cute and easy to wash after or just dip in the bath tub and overhaul later LoL
    As for light you might try spoke light or valve tube light it's very catchy and have the light stick idol concert-ish feel even you're not a 'brother' LoL

  5. I commute daily in any weather on bicycle, waterproof clothing doesn't ventilate well, on rainy days I simply change to a tri-suit and have a rain cover on my backpack. I ride road bike with clipless paddles most of the time, shoe covers important to prevent water and dirt getting into shoes. When weather gets really bad combined with poor road condition, I switch to MTB and wear sandals instead.

  6. I did a gran fondo in the rain in Gifu in May. Absolutely pouring rain. Can't say enough about disc brakes for confidence.
    I was passing people like crazy going downhill. https://www.strava.com/activities/1568476856

  7. Some helmet manufacturer makes some plastic covers to top (upside) of helmet. I do not own them, but probably they stop all the ventilation also. maybe it is for ride when expecting rain all the time.

  8. I really don't mind cycling in the rain. When it's hot out, I enjoy it as it provides some relief. So I just get wet and enjoy the rain. I commute about an hour each way to work and change my clothes when I get to work. I carry a towel to dry off if I get wet. I also keep baby wipes in my office, extra clothes and shoes, deodorant, etc. so that i can be confident that whatever happens on the way to work, I can be presentable.

  9. My recommendation for people commuting in the rain a lot is to invest in the most rainproof bike you can, so belt drive, internal gearing or singlespeed, disc brakes etc. Something that you can keep clean with just a quick rinse off and dry. You’ll definitely be glad you spent that extra money over time.

  10. Schwable, Michelin, Pirelli and others make all season and winter tires for specific wet and winter riding conditions. Schwable even makes a tire for ice and snow (Marathon Winter Spiked), I don't ride in those conditions, but tires are available if you do. Thanks for this video…

  11. Thanx for the informative video.
    Call me crazy (as my friends do) but I like riding in severe weather when training. But not when commuting, though. Over the time I collected some good rain gear which keeps me dry and is very breathable.
    There has always been one thing that annoyed me, though. Wet hands! But recently Roeckl brought out some waterproof summer gloves and I fell in love with them. Although a bit pricey, I can totally recommend them to any rain-rider.
    I also have a Scale with v-brakes and went through some brake pads until I found ideal pads which work very well in rain and temperatures below zero degrees celsius. My favorites are the Kool Stop salmon (single, dual or triple compound) which really make a huge difference compared to standard brake pads. They're pretty soft, wear out quickly, but are very rim friendly. I also like the Ashima Pro-G pads which are similar to the KoolStops.
    I can also recommend the application of water repellant coatings (lotus-effect) on your glasses. Oakley has such repellants which you apply on your glasses before your ride. It gives you an undisturbed view through the glasses which is much safer in my opinion.
    And you are right: lions on the road can be pretty dangerous, regardless of the weather conditions😋.

  12. the worst thing: wet feet, then your bottom, the rest is doable for training/ racing if you can warm up at home in a few hours. Sealskinz/ Dexshell or other waterproof socks and light long bike jacket to cover your bottom should do the thing for even a few hours ride 🙂

  13. Ah, the Uniqlo hack. I know it well. Can I tell you my favorite? Uniqlo's Airism for your base layer. Works so well and for perhaps a third of the price of a "cycling" base layer. As it gets colder I'll switch to their Heat Tech inners and see how that works, but I've been using Airism for over a month and hand's down it's amazing. Long live Uniqlo!

  14. Great vid Cruise. Here's another great tip – after a super wet ride, before putting your bike away (and bringing it inside) tilt the bike 90 degrees towards the sky – in other words, make the front wheels vertically above the rear wheel. What you might find is that the chainstays have filled up with water through little vent holes drilled in the frame and unless you tilt your bike and drain them, the water will sit in there and that's not good for the bike.

  15. Butt pain update: it's getting worse. Cant seat properly in the office

    Still saving money for a road bike

    Excited..

    Im a noob so

  16. When I started riding, many moons ago, I was advised against the use of any kind of hooded jacket. A hood may not turn when the rider turns their head, so they are hindered when trying to look behind. Even when worn under a helmet, the straps may not hold the hood to the head enough. Either a cap, a bandana or a balaclava should be used instead.

  17. Cycling in the rain is cool. It is fun. Cycling through a thunderstorm is not cool and not fun. The moment you hear the first thunderclap or flash, find shelter to hide! Just came back from a ride with torrential thunderstorm. This is a tropical thunderstorm. Humidity is 90%. Anything cyclists use for rain do not work in humid all-year-round summer weather. Sandals are good for commutes. Finally for a waterproof backpack, a waterproof roll top that is used for watersports is perfect.

  18. Oh yes for those cycling in summer rain. Pack your casquette (cycling cap) in your pocket. Once it rains, wear it under your helmet. The small visor is still helpful in keeping the rain off the cycling glasses.

  19. don't ride in the rain but sometimes on a long ride it can rain so thanks for some helpful tips another dislike is the wind love your vids

  20. 1) slow it down a bit cause it's gonna be slick 2) wear reflective safety yellow and have a red blinky tail light 3) ride like cars can't see you cause they don't 4) ride and follow vehicle rules of the road 5) take the slick tires off and put the knobbies on 6) have a powerful bike headlamp cause you also need to be seen from opposing traffic (friggin left turners) 7) make sure your brakes work wet 8) make sure your bike has big long covered fenders 9) change of clothes and a towel in a dry bag 10) Weeeeeee!?

  21. Cool! I would add tips like a shoe cover to avoid soak wet and durt spray of the pavement/wheel. I am using a transparent waterproof pouch for smartphone too and it is aprooved!

  22. Can’t beat a poncho for you (and fenders for your bike) when commuting in the rain for up to an hour or so. They may look だせい but nothing is more effective at keeping most of you and the bike dry as possible. Lift up for ventilation when stopped at the lights! I got a large one on amazon for 1500 yen, so don’t even need rain pants. In summer, I clip in with my Shimano sandals, like you, with no socks. I have to operate my 18-speed STIs without looking, but that is pretty easy for most cyclists I think. Got the idea from Grant Petersen’s cyclists bible “Just Ride”.

  23. I thought i was going to hate this video but man. You're entertaining, just buy the things man and review the jackets and things so that you can help me out deciding! 😉 nice work

  24. Dont you fear, excessive rain gets in bearing and ruin them? I fear that thought, or else do you have a solution for this problem?

  25. They make gore-tex helmet covers, I had one I used on a specific helmet dedicated for winter/wet riding. Too bad a squirrel got to it when it got stored in the garage for awhile. Vests and toe covers are good and don't store up as much heat. Even in the winter you need to be able to vent heat.

  26. depending on how heavy it rains and how long the ride of course, just prepare to get wet. either from the rain itself or from the sweat condensing on the inside of your rain suite. but, how often does that happen? and don't forget to look at the forecast. maybe things will clear up in 15 minutes.

  27. Have good mud guards as they prevent the spray from the tyres coming up hitting you in the face or backside, as it is a very unpleasant feeling.

  28. I'm in asia here, yeah it rained a lot. I don't have fender too because i don't want my road racer looks like you know not so 'racing' at all, lol.

  29. My commute is about 20 km, and I usually go at at least 80%, so I'm soaked when arriving and have to shower anyway. Which means: I usually don't bother with special rainclothes, other than making sure I stay warm. I do have a sleeve to cover my helmet, though, I hate getting soaked on my head (it also gets chilly). When it pours really down I will don a high viz rainjacket. Shoes are a problem; during wet season (you can't call it winter in central Europe anymore) I will ride with my Lake boots. If you keep the leather well greased they stay kinda waterproof, but just about.
    I have the possibility to hang my clothes in a boiler room at work, so they are dry when I go home.

  30. Cool just noticed unit 01 in your background! Requesting more videos about particularly acclimate days such as very hot, very cold, monsoon-y, have you ever been on the road during an earthquake?

  31. As a Seattle commuter and someone who heavily sweats I struggled with rain gear.

    all I can say is…

    Rain cape.

    it allows for airflow beneath and most come with an integrated hood to wear under the helmet

  32. Thanks for the videos, good stuff. I would've liked to hear how you maintain your bikes, especially if you have to ride in the rain day after day. At least where I live my experience has been that even a little riding in the rain tends to get the chain, cassette etc. all gritty and cause them to wear faster unless I do a very thorough cleaning after the ride. But I don't think you have the time or energy to do a full cleanup every day.. 🙂

  33. Always have extra dry clothes triple wrapped in plastic bags in backpack.
    If u are doing a multi day ride, u MUST get dry and warm at nite.
    I remember reading about a young newly wed couple in Seattle in 1976 who
    Decided to ride across USA for honeymoon. They rode east for four days in
    The rain and camped at nite. They were soaked and inexperienced. The wife
    Died from hypothermia on the forth day. Get a hotel. Get warm. It’s a life saver

  34. When it’s rainy I always carry additional socks and riding clothes with me, because at work they won’t dry and on the way back you don’t want to wear some pretty wet and cold t-shirt, trousers and socks …

  35. I hate riding in the rain and after the rain. I'm not afraid to get wet. But i don't want to wash my bike

  36. The other thing to watch out when riding in the rain is hydroplaning. Probably not an issue with road bike tires, but anything thicker can lift you off the ground if you're going through a puddle at 30kph

  37. I didn't know just how much I needed this video. I live in Seattle, so yeah…. Any and all tips will help. I'm also ashamed to say I completely forgot about fenders. I have an MTB, so it didn't even occur to me lmao

  38. Should I get cycling glasses with powered lenses? I have bad eyesight and wear glasses as it is, but it doesn't keep out the rain. At all.

  39. An old fashioned shower cap works well for covering either the head or put over the helmet works well and can easily be stashed in a tool kit etc.

  40. Hi. In Europe we have Decathlon, which sells a range of good value and good quality sports equipment (including bikes) and sports clothes. If it comes to Japan – check it out! Interestingly, bike clothing (rain gear) is more expensive than running rain gear (go figure!) – so, I buy the running rain gear…;)

  41. Sitting on your bike and riding in the rain is a life savings tip, also on heavy traffic roads with fast moving traffic, at one time my cain broke while standing it could off cost me my life i fell in the middle of the road.

  42. Living and bike communicating in Seattle, rain is a constant. Best investment I ever made for my bike: FENDERS! I use a hard shell bike raincoat, rain pants, and shoe covers. They don't work 100% or for more than 30 min after which, nothing keeps you really dry. This clothing helps keep the colder rain out and warmer sweat in. The good thing is that the warm stays in longer and you don't start to get cold and shiver, which can be the end of a ride and make a bad experience. After strong rains for my round trip commute yesterday, my clothing, shoes and rain gear are still not dry. Not much you can do. There isn't really any clothing that is completely waterproof.

  43. your a uber monster lol…. no weather stops you. i was cycling up a hill today and i was like how the heck did you and your wife ride up a mountain… i am soooooo far behind your wife in cycling power… shes a monster…. and your an uber monster lol….😂😂😂 so slow right now… made me realize i need to put more work in my cycling.

  44. do you have a link to your two wheel cycling merchandise. i trust the quality and really would like to help you and would love to where it as advertisment for your show probably be better than just introducing you to that anime you probably already saw lol.
    never mind i found out where they are… now need to figure out what instagram is… googling it.

  45. I wear safety shoes whilst riding , Why , because 3 yrs ago I was run off the road by 2 camper vans , and my left sand shoe was hole by the hard road surface , Plus these safety shoes are water proof , and finally I ride for enjoyment and fitness , so when U are riding remember the the road surface ( be it ash-felt , concrete , paver or even gravel ) , is tougher than your feet !

  46. I wish I had watched this before my Hokkaido bike trip last July. 12 days in total and 11 days of torrential downpour. Visibility was the biggest issue. No problem retaining traction on the roads. A waterproof bag is a must. The rain destroyed anything that wasn't properly protected.

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