Riding in the rain: how to safely bike in Charleston’s wet weather

 Carson Keeter's three steps to successfully biking in the rain; be cautious, go prepared and take care. (Photo courtesy of Denmark via Flickr Creative Commons)

Carson Keeter’s three steps to successfully biking in the rain; be cautious, go prepared and take care. (Photo courtesy of Denmark via Flickr Creative Commons)

There is no question about it, one of the best ways to get around Charleston is on a seat with two wheels. Not only is it quicker to get from point A to point B on a bicycle, but gliding down King Street is an experience like no other.

However, Charleston is no California when it comes to counting on sunny and 75. Whether it’s Hurricane Joaquin or an afternoon shower, Charleston does not always provide optimal biking weather. The good news is that with a couple precautions and a few tips, no matter the weather you can be assured a smooth bike ride.

Founder of the bike club at the College and bike mechanic, Carson Keeter, explains you can still hop on a bike despite the rain. He advised that with three precautions, anyone can be on their way to a blissful bike ride.

  1. Be Cautious

Brakes are much less effective when they are wet. He advises bikers to obtain a better grip than usual onto the handle bars. “Like in a car, you are just as able to hydroplane,” said Keeter. He suggests riding slower than you usually would if you find yourself in any sort of rain.

  1. Go Prepared

To prepare for a ride in the rain, Keeter suggests wearing a strong rain coat as well as a small, waterproof shoe; though rain boots are great for splashing in puddles, “they can be too bulky and interfere with pedaling.”

  1. Take Care

The aftercare for riding in the rain is vital to maintaining your bike. If you allow the water to build inside the tubes of the bike, it could rust from the inside out or combust at the pedals, thus rusting your pedals or the bike’s frame. To avoid the rust, “take the seat off and flip the bike upside down,” recommends Keeter, “this allows the bike to drain out any water that it collected.”

Be aware of your surroundings and yourself while riding and be sure to be cautious, go prepared, and take care. Although Keeter does not give a 100 percent dry guarantee, utilizing these tips will give you a safer and more pleasurable bike ride.

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Mackenzie Hoisington is a sophomore at the College and is enjoying her first semester writing for CisternYard News. She could not be happier about finally pursing her interests in journalism, especially since she is in the midst of combining her love for political science, international studies and creative writing. As a "dad music" junkie, anything you read by her was probably written as she was tapping her foot to Earth Wind and Fire or Phil Collins.


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