Just because winter is looming, doesn’t mean to say your bike should go into hibernation. With the right preparation and equipment, winter cycling can be incredibly invigorating. Here are 10 tips to keep you riding this winter.
Arguably, the most important winter cycling accessory, good-working front and back lights are a must-have for safe winter cycling. Even gloomy winter daylight may necessitate the use of bike lights.
Mud will splash all over you and your bike without a mudguard, so it’s one of the best investments you can make for your bike this winter.
3. Check tyres
Winter bikes need tyres that can cope with icy, wet conditions, so check the tread, and get tyres upgraded if they’re looking worn.
4. Puncture repair kit
Wet surfaces increase the risk of causing tyre punctures, so learn how to repair a puncture, and take a puncture repair kit with you on winter bike rides.
5. Waterproof clothing
Be prepared for the wind and rain when cycling by wearing protective waterproof clothing, gloves and sturdy boots. For increased visibility, choose reflective clothing.
6. Snack attack
Refuel flagging energy on winter bike rides by always carrying a snack and drink.
7. Waterproof seat cover
There’s nothing worse than sitting on a soggy bike seat, so invest in a waterproof seat cover.
8. Good maintenance
Chains and gears can get clogged up with dirt and mud, so keep them clean and well oiled after winter cycling trips, for optimum performance.
9. Be prepared
Plan your route, take a map and phone and check the weather forecast before heading out on winter bike rides.
10. New bike
Invest in a new bike if your current bike isn’t fit for winter cycling. For all your bike requirements, Vivastreet can keep you riding this winter.