Need some help keeping it rubber-side down in the rain? Here Si Richardson gives you his top tips to improve your handling in the wet.
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Tyre pressure: running lower pressures in the rain will increase the amount of grip, as the surface area of the tyre in contact with the road will increase.
Tyre compound and width: tyre compounds differ greatly with regards to their ability to grip in the wet. Wider tyres will give you a greater contact patch than a narrow tyre, and as they allow you to run lower pressures, this effect is amplified further
Avoid drain covers and white lines: Grip on metal drain covers and white lines will be basically non-existent in the wet, so avoid them where possible. If you can’t, then momentarily straighten the bike up while you cross them.
Braking: Braking quite simply takes longer in the wet. Make sure you always start braking a little earlier than you would in the dry. This is even more important as braking while turning in the wet is a sure fire way to get acquainted with the tarmac!
Give yourself more room: If you’re riding in a group in the wet, just back off the rider in front a little bit. That way, if anything goes wrong with them, you’ll have a bit more time to react.
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