Winter is the best time for outings and trying different adventures. And when you are using a bicycle as your transport, bingo! It is a two in one advantage. You can enjoy the scenic beauty as well as get your daily physical exercise done. Moreover, it will keep you warm in this freezing cold outside.

Winter riding; Image Source: The Urban Country

Rides on the bicycle during winter can be enjoyable when you can avoid unwanted can catch a cold too. Some safety measures can keep you fit and make your rides enjoyable. Here are some tips which will come handy to stay safe while you drive bikes in winter.

Punctures

One of the major problems that you face while riding cycles in winter is a puncture. Wet roads create a kind of lubrication for glass shards, thorns, and sharp flint pieces to make their way to the inner tube through the tire.

To avoid such situation, you should carry some essentials like multiple tubes and a functional pump. Pumps must be checked if you’ve not used them in a while. Many people prefer CO2 cartridges, but they run out after a few usages. So be aware of it. Don’t rely on others for carrying tubes and pumps while traveling in groups. Make sure you are carrying plenty of them with yourself.

Tires

A bicycle tire; Image Source: Amazon

Your rides can turn out to be pathetic while driving in slippery and damp roads and if you’re not using the right tires. Tires with harder wearing can come handy in this case. Make sure that the tire has puncture protection in it. Riders commonly prefer to use Continental Gatorskins in winter. But many other companies are manufacturing the same kind of tires. They don’t prevent every puncture but are helpful.

Solid tires and tubeless tyres can also be considered as an option. They may seem a bit expensive in comparison to regular tyres at first sight, but are really useful in the long run.

Lights

Winter mornings and evenings are generally hazy due to fog. It is very natural to face accidents in such weather conditions. To avoid injuries in uneven roads and while having heavy turns, LED lights will act as a security guard for you. In gloomy winter days having a light with you is a must. Sometimes the main light may fail, so it’s better to carry a rechargeable small LED light. 

Carry a Led light; Image Source: Amazon

Small, durable, bright and lightweight LED lights are commonly available and are pocket-friendly. Halogen lights can be a better alternative.  It is best to use rechargeable ones, otherwise, you should carry extra batteries with you while starting every ride.

Mudguards

It’s pathetic when riding behind a cycle that has no mudguards. And in winter, it is a must for every bike rider. Anyone who has ever ridden directly after the bike without mudguards in damp weather condition will definitely know how uncomfortable it is to when water or mud get splashed directly into the face, up back and water bottles. So make sure you always have a mudguard and ask your friends to use them.

Maintenance

Like every stuffs you need care, your bicycle does and deserves it too! The clean and rust-free tip-top bike is always fun to ride. A bike always good care, but in winter it requires special attention .

Give a regular check that the moveable parts of your bike like cables, chains, gears, bottom brackets, and hubs are functional. You should try to clean the accumulated grims at a regular interval. Damp and wet weather can be harsh to your brake blocks and rims. So keep an eye on them.

Keep your bicycle rust-free; Image Source: Road.cc

Frozen bike locks or thaw metal component problems can be solved by using de-icer or WD40. Rust caused by road grits which can cause severe damage to your bike. A good rinse will help to solve this problem.   

Oil the chains of your bike regularly. be sure that the cables are in good condition.  saline water may cause severe damage to your bikes. Be aware of it. Other than these, you should wear proper clothes and cover yourself properly while going out. In changing weather conditions during autumn and winter, versatile layering of clothes is important. Cycling gear and gloves should be of good quality.

Besides, carry plenty of water and food with you. And it’s better to take a guide or trainer with you in such damp and foggy weather. Happy riding!

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