Waterproof Your Routine: Tips for Biking in the Rain
Rain in the forecast? There is no need to trade your e-bike for a car. You can still ride your Bluejay electric bike in the rain, since our bikes have IP67 water resistance, allowing you to ride in moderate rain without harming the electronics. In addition, e-bikes are generally more stable than analog bikes in wet weather, thanks to their sturdier build.
So what’s the easiest way to keep commuting, running errands, and having fun on your e-bike in any weather? Below, our Bluejay Bike experts share their tips for how to get yourself ready for some rain. We believe every day should be a joy ride, even rainy ones.
Get Your Bike Ready for Rain
The fall season is a good time to make sure your bike is in ship-shape. You can do this yourself, or stop by a local bike shop if you feel more comfortable having professionals do it. Here are the steps you should take to prepare your bike for the rainy season.
Check your brake pads. They should not be contaminated or near the end of their life.
Check tire pressure. Ideally, you’ll want to reduce pressure by 5 PSi for a wider contact patch on the road, reducing chance for slipping. All Bluejay bikes also have "all weather tires" and will work well in wet conditions
Avoiding transporting your bike on a car rack in the rain. You also want to keep your bike inside if possible, or use a cover like this one.
Make sure your fenders are free of debris. In addition, the full length fenders on the Bluejay will help reduce tire spray to your face or backside.
Check that the lights are in good working order. Car drivers have reduced visibility, making a proper light even more important.
Wear a helmet. It’s always best practice to protect yourself, but be extra sure you don’t skip a helmet on rainy days. This minimalist Thousand Heritage bike helmet will keep you stylish and safe.
Follow Best Practices While You’re Riding
Assume that cars do not see you. Turn the Bluejay headlight and taillight on — during the day and night — for added visibility.
Dress for the occasion. Wear bright, fun clothes so it’s easier for cars to see you. Waterproof gloves with grippy palms will also keep your hands warm and provide a better grip. You can also wear a warm base layer and consider investing in waterproof cycling pants and rain jacket.
Be prepared to get wet. You will most likely get wet no matter how waterproof your jacket, shoes, or pants are, so we recommend having a change of dry clothes after a ride in the rain. Make sure you have a truly waterproof bag to keep that change of clothes and other essentials dry, too. We like the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic, which mounts to the Bluejay back rack and comes with a waterproof roll closure and a shoulder strap.
Make slower movements. Take it easy when turning and braking to prevent tires from slipping. Break early and keep a good distance from fellow bikers and obstacles like leaves, puddles, and potholes.
Have some fun. Biking in the rain can feel totally liberating — like jumping in puddles when you were a kid. It’s all about being prepared.