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Are Bicycle Tire Punctures Really More Frequent in the Rain?

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Our Bicycle Accident Lawyer Has the Answer

There are several reasons as to why riders detest the rain, ranging from the discomfort of cycling in wet clothes to the extra maintenance required to clean up the bicycle and get it running smooth and quietly once again.

Bicyclists also abhor the rain because apparently, the risks of getting a puncture are higher in the rain. Is this statement really true or is it just a myth that most cyclists choose to believe? Read on to learn the answer.

One undisputable fact about punctures is that they normally occur at the most inconvenient times. Getting a puncture in the rain will of course count as a major inconvenience, and so perhaps the rain has some effect on tire resistance. This has been a great topic of discussion (if punctures are really more frequent in the rain) in several internet forums. Several forums surprisingly arrived at three similar explanations for the extra risk posed by rain to bicycle tires.

First and foremost, rain water washes debris onto the bicycle paths or roads. Second, the wet tire has an adhesive effect such that the debris washed onto the roads by the rainwater is most likely to stick to the tires. Lastly, water acts as a good lubricant for the washed off debris to reduce the tires’ puncture resistance. As much as all of these reasons seem like viable explanations, none of those who came to these findings could provide any primary data to support each of the three mechanisms.

We thus have a situation whereby all the weight of the available proof seems to be completely subjective, together with a trio of mechanisms that are anchored in general belief apparently on the power of their intuitive appeal.

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Where is the evidence?

All major tire manufactures like to thoroughly explain the advantages of their rubber formulations along with their puncture-proofing approaches, but none of them mention a higher risk of puncture in the rain.

Both Vittoria and Schwalbe suggest latex tubes as a necessary, extra measure to minimize the risk of puncture. Their reasoning is that latex is a lot more flexible compared to butyl rubber, and thus latex is most likely to deform than actually puncture, which is not the case with butyl rubber tubes. However, there are some experienced cyclists who believe that latex tubes are actually more susceptible to punctures.

Wrapping it up

The quality of bicycle tires has basically improved to a point whereby they seem to be more puncture-resistant than ever. This does not imply that bike tires have become puncture-proof, but the beliefs on how threats posed by rain to tires appear to be a hold-over from the past when rainfall was more of a threat likely because tires were more susceptible.

Whatever the case, bicycle riders be careful when cycling in the rain because the run-off created indeed brings debris onto the roads. To avoid unnecessary punctures, stay away from run-off areas when the rain starts pouring. Additionally, if you are a rider living in an area experiencing a rainy season, you should install a new set of vulcanized clinchers on your bicycle before the rain starts.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, seeking out the services of a bicycle accident lawyer is very crucial to your recovery. Your bicycle accident lawyer will look into your claim and present a strong case on your behalf. You might be entitled to compensation and hiring a skilled attorney will greatly increase your odds of getting fully compensated. For the best legal representation, contact us and we will assign to you a top 1% bicycle lawyer who will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are fairly treated.

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