How to Ride Bikes in Winter – 8 Ride-Safe Tips From Pro Rider!

Most riders put their bike aside when the winter season approaches. They fear to ride with frozen fingers, riding on uncomfortable side lane because of snow drifts and also pedaling home in the dark because evenings come early. You do not have to give your bike a break simply because of its winter seasons. There are better ways in which you can ride bikes during winter and still get the best from your rides.

There are a wide range of benefits that you will get from cycling in the cold. Your body burns more calories and also practices how to use oxygen efficiently. Riding in the snow is also a fun activity, and you should not miss.

If you want to make your winter riding sessions great, I’m going to provide you with essential points that will give you a happy riding. If you take all the considerations, I will discuss on this page, and you will surely enjoy riding your bike during winter.

Wear The Right Clothing

We all know that winter seasons can be freezing so if you do not keep yourself warm, you might end up feeling cold and make it difficult to ride. When you are riding in winter, you can do multiple layers and take them off once it gets warmer or when the ride gets warmer. It is also important to note that loose clothing is the best. Wearing loose clothes gives room for trapping air which acts as insulation.

Cover Your Knees

Knees are known to have very poor circulation, and they also chill very easily. When your knees get colder, their lubricating fluid will get thicker, and this increases the chances of injuries.

It is important if you get knee warmers so that you can protect your knees and keep them warmer. You should wear them when the temperature is below 65 degrees, and you will always feel warm when you are on the road.

Head

Do not expose any part of your body to the cold when you are riding. Layering also applies to the head.  You can put a windproof skullcap, and if it gets colder, you can add a helmet cover. Cyclists who ride during winter also have winter helmets featuring vents that are covered with reflective tape.

Hands

You cannot risk riding in winter without cycling gloves. You need to choose the right gloves such that you do not compromise your shifting and braking. Look for gloves with a lobster shell that put the index and the second finger together and then the ring and the little finger together. Such pair of gloves not only keep you warm but also give you a chance to shift and brake with ease.

Socks, Shoe Covers, And Footwear

Winter riding requires you to be equipped with the right gear so that you can have an enjoyable time. Look for cycling-specific synthetic socks or wool with strategic cushioning zone for comfort. If you are riding in a wet climate, look for a set of shoe covers to keep your shoes dry and provide warmth.

If you are on the road during extreme temperatures, look for insulated booties that are designed with a water-resistant shell. I would also advise you to search for winter-specific cycling shoes with built-in gaiters and a waterproof material with great insulation. These are perfect for long winter commuters. If you are a short commuter, having hiking boots will do you great.

Bike

You should also find out whether you need to get a separate winter bike because winter riding wears a bike very easily. You will find most cyclists buying cheap or used bikes for riding in winter. The only problem they might experience with such bikes is poor gearing and braking, but if you are an experienced rider or mechanic, it is great if you get a new solid bike for the best performance on the road.

You can also pick a single speed bike for riding in winter because they require very minimal maintenance. Py should also note that the chain often clogs during winter with so many gunks collecting on the drivetrain. To overcome the problem, you need to keep your bike clean and ensure there is no salt and sand. Also, consider a bike with hydraulic disk brakes because they do not likely to ice up.

Lighting

It is crucial to make sure that you have the best lighting when you are riding during winter. In most instances, you will find yourself riding in the dark, and there will be more cars on the road. Having a good lighting gives you a better visibility and reduces the chances of accidents taking place.

Spend good money purchasing a light that as at least 150-200 lumens. Such a light is sufficient enough riding in most of the towns. You should also know that the batteries die quickly during winter, so it is great if you carry spare batteries with you.

Fenders

You cannot do winter riding effectively if you do not have fenders. If you do not have fenders, you will end up getting covered with wet and grimy sprays from the tires and so will people around you.

It is wise to have close-fitting fenders with the shape of your tires because they work well during rainy seasons. During heavy snow, it is important if you pick clip-on fenders that will easily attach to your downtube or the seat post.

Final Words

Riding in winter is amazing, and you get so many benefits. Not only is it fun but also makes your body stronger, you become tougher. It also helps you burn more calories, and you will be sick less just to mention a few of the benefits.

If you stick to the above tips that I have given you, you will ride well during winter and have a great experience in the chilly outdoor weather. Always ensure that you wear the right clothing that makes you feel comfortable when you are riding. You should also ensure that your bike stays in a good condition and it is well maintained for the most successful winter rides.

About the Author Matthew R. Duncan

I am proud to be the go-to guy among my circle for bike advice. I take it personally when someone I know buys a new bike without consulting me first!

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