Surviving spring showers

A child cycling through a puddle

After riding through mud and puddles it's a good idea to give your bike a thorough clean

Hopefully the worst of the wet weather is behind us, but with the spring showers you might find these tips helpful.

Even in a light rain shower the spray from the road can get you and your clothing pretty wet.

It may seem obvious, but by ensuring you have a waterproof jacket when you are cycling in the wet is a must if you want to keep dry. A high-quality jacket should protect you from the rain, spray off the road and the wind while you are cycling.

Waterproof overtrousers are another option if you want to keep you your trousers dry. These are designed to be worn over your normal clothing and have ankle zips to make them easy to put on and take off without removing your shoes.

After a ride in the rain it’s a good idea to check your tyres for grit and clean your chain.

Check out Green Oil's line of eco-friendly bike maintenance products. Cover your chain in a degreaser and dry it thoroughly with a cloth.

Next apply a chain lube to protect it. Then touch up parts with ecogrease, which is water repellent and anti-corrosive.

If you get really muddy give your whole bike a clean with a bike brush. Early spring can still mean salty roads, and bikes hate salt!

With longer days and warmer weather you’ll probably be getting out on your bike more often.

But wet weather can still mean poor light levels even in the day, so you’ll still need to consider how visible you are to other road users.

A pair of LED lights can be easily kept in a bag or pocket in case of a sudden downpour, and a reflective belt, bands or vest can add visibility without adding an extra layer of clothing.

Many of the items mentioned are available in our shop – and if you purchase them here, you’ll be supporting our work.

With the weather getting warmer and the evenings longer, now is a great time to make sure your bike is in tip-top working order.