What you need to know about riding trikes in autumn

What you need to know about riding trikes in autumn
Autumn is a fantastic season for Trikes! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing color, and you can enjoy some sunshine before the really cold (and SNOW) season begins. However, riding in the rain presents a different set of obstacles that you must learn to deal with. Cloudy days can make it difficult to see oncoming vehicles, while dark clothing covers bikers and makes them harder to notice. Whatever the season, don't let the prospect of worsening circumstances keep you from going outside. Follow these tips to stay safe and comfortable as autumn approaches.

While cycling in autumn, here are a few things to keep in mind

1. Check the weather

The first noticeable change we notice in autumn is the length of the days: daylight hours shorten, and our bike rides must fit within the hours of light available. Checking the dawn and sunset hours before planning your excursion ensures that you maximize your daylight and avoid cycling home in the dark. Knowing the weather forecast might also help you prepare for what to expect on your bike. Should you put on a raincoat or an additional layer of clothing? Do you have another route in mind? And while we're on the subject of being prepared, check out our advice for riding out at night.

2. Layer your clothing and wear waterproof shoes

As the seasons change, it is hard to forecast what the weather will be like on any given day. It could rain and be cold in the morning, then warm and dry by the afternoon, then cold again by the evening. Wearing layers allows you to be more adaptable to the day's events and keeps you comfortable while travelling in any weather. Layers should be easily worn when it's cold and removed when it's warm. Carry a couple extra garments in your backpack on warm mornings in case you get a sudden chill while sightseeing. Arm and leg warmers, lightweight or waterproof gloves, and a windproof jacket are all excellent places to begin.

3. Keep your items safe with a waterproof bag.

It's pointless to carry extra clothes if they're going to get wet in your backpack. This includes any valuables or other objects you're transporting. A waterproof bag, such as the new Boogie Bag, will keep your clothes, electronics, and other valuables safe.

4. Wear gloves

Because we use our hands for so many things, keeping them warm is the least we can do. After a ride, wind and rain can leave our hands dry, numb, and chilly. Gloves should be an essential part of your autumn riding gear, not an afterthought. For dry, cold days, leather gloves or anything merino wool are a fantastic, stylish option. Quick-drying neoprene gloves can keep your hands warm and dry while you're at your morning meeting. Put any old pair of gloves you have laying around the house inside a loose-fitting pair of dish gloves on wet days for a considerably less appealing but less expensive alternative. It's not pretty, but it gets the job done!

5. Keep an eye out for slick parts on the road.

During the rainy fall days, railroad tracks, manhole covers, and any other metal will be considerably more slippery. Similarly, as the new rain brings up oil and gas left behind from cars, heaps of matted leaves and painted lines, as well as any fuel on the concrete, will be slick.

6. Steer clear of puddles in unfamiliar roads

Splashing through puddles may seem like a good idea at first, but as that wave of water sweeps you over, you'll regret it. The reflection of the road on the water can readily conceal massive potholes or dips in the pavement, so puddle "jumping" is best reserved for dry days when you know what you're getting into.

7. Drink water and stay hydrated

Although the temperatures are beginning to drop, it is critical to remember to stay hydrated. You might think you don't need anything to drink while riding, but the cool air makes you thirsty. The chilly weather numbs your thirst response as well. Remember that even if you aren't thirsty, you are losing fluids and salts.

8. Stay visible

This fall, remember to be as noticeable as possible. Consider adding an extra light for front and back visibility if you're bicycling at night. Wearing bright, luminous apparel will also make you more visible to traffic on the road.

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