Winter on the West Coast is defined by low-lying clouds and steady rain. The grey weather makes it hard to leave the cozy confines of home. It’s why cycling in the rain is probably THE thing that defines an intrepid cyclist.
Here are a few reasons to enjoy cycling in the rain.
1. Connection to outdoors
Suffer from the winter blues? Then go for a bike ride! A connection to the outdoors in all seasons is so important for our well-being. My family doctor even prescribed Nature Bathing for Max when he was struggling with low energy.
Even on a rainy day, cycling provides a boost of adrenaline and exposure to natural light.
2. Facial Mist
Cycling in the rain is like getting a free spa treatment! Perhaps it’s not as relaxing, but the moist air is hydrating for the skin. Try it out for a naturally fresh facial spray that won’t cost you a penny.
3. Hardcore Bragging Rights
There is nothing that says hardcore like cycling in a torrential downpour. If everyone in your office is surprised when you walk into work dripping like you’ve just been dredged from the ocean, then you know you’ve earned some hardcore bragging rights.
This is particularly effective for people over the age of 30 because by then the society assumes that you ought to know better. But really, what do they know? Cycling in the rain is awesome!
4. Shopping spree
Alternatively, if you like the feel of cold wet clothes clinging to your body then go out in your favourite pair of jeans and a wool coat instead.
— I admit that I frequently cycle in jeans with my tall boots and long canvas coat, and I pay for it every time. Brad is more of a cycle in lycra kind of guy, so he gets wet then changes into dry and less spandexy clothes. Clearly, one of us is more into fashion, and the other has a 17 km cycle commute. —
My favourite reason for cycling in the rain is that I get to sing! It’s hard to mind the weather when Singin’ in the Rain.
Not only is it fun, but it’s also a sure way to get a smile out of anyone who sees you whizzing along, splashing through puddles with all the enthusiasm of a 3-year-old.
Hygge (the art of coziness) is all the rage this time of year. With the long dark days of winter, there is something so comforting about lighting a few candles and snuggling down with a cup of tea and a good book.
However, simply filling your home with pottery teapots and wool blankets isn’t actually hygge. The key to achieving true hygge is to come into coziness after being outdoors. And there’s nothing cozier than coming in from a rainy, wet cycle ride.