Cycling during winter can be a daunting idea; even the experienced riders find it difficult to ride in these months. But you must know that along with difficulties; winter rides can also be a lot of fun. So keep the fear away and be ready for some cold fun rides!
You only need to take some precautions to make your ride hassle-free. Read more to know what you need to do!
1. Carry Ample Clothing
- Waterproof jacket
- Thermal bib tights
- Thermal/wicking undervest
- Windproof gilet/jersey
- Windproof/thermal gloves
- Clear glasses
2. Tire Punctures
Another trouble due to the wet road conditions- you can have thorns, shards of glass and sharp pieces of flint to make their way through the tires and into your inner tube. This generally happens at the most inconvenient point of the ride. To deal with this, make sure that you have at least two extra tubes and a working pump.
3. Carry Enough Food and Drinks
Also if your ride is a long one, then choose a route which has many cafes and you can stop for some minutes of break and refreshment. Make sure you will stay warm and do not cool off too much when you are stopped.
4. Carry LED Lights
Having lights along with you at all times also relieves from the worry that you will get caught in the dark during short days.
Tubeless tires and solid tires are an option too, but these ones are a bit more expensive and difficult to install as compared to regular tires and tubes.
Mudguards are a must in the winter. Not only mudguards, make sure that you accessorize your bike in such a manner that you do not face any difficulty while riding in winters. All the accessories will help you make your rides flawless and maintain all the necessary comfort.
7. Maintain Your Bike
Give your bike a regular check, and try and wash off the accumulated grime after every two to three days. Check for wear on rims and brake blocks.
Also keep your chain oiled regularly, to make sure that the cables are in a good shape. Salty water off gritted roads can play havoc with components. By keeping your bike’s maintenance on your top priority, you can minimize the number of mechanical mishaps while riding in winter.
8. Use a Winter Bike
Perhaps, your winter bikes may be a bit heavy as compared to the average bikes and you can expect to see your average speed drop, but believe us, that is the best choice for riding in winters.
9. Be Prepared for The Weather
Check the forecast before you leave, and be prepared for the worst. You may also stay prepared for some have specific requirements for the ride which you are going on. Make sure that you plan a sensible route to match the predicted weather forecast, and carry a phone with you, some cash in case of emergencies and also other necessary items as per requirements.