Preparation For Fall/Winter Cycling

Hello Wonderful Riders!!!

It will be winter soon. In the winter, it’s particularly important in order to avoid getting too cold. Not only the physical body to stay warm, but also the condition and function of your bike is just as important to the safety and enjoyment of your ride. Follow these tips to prepare your bike for the preparation of the fall/winter months.

Physical Body

  1. Take Care Your Skin

Your skin can seriously dry out on those frigid winter rides, and applying a protectant such as sunscreen, moisturizer, or even Vaseline can help your skin retain moisture. Also, don’t forget the lip balm.

2. Dress Properly

In the winter, it’s particularly important for body to keep it warm or to avoid getting cold. The right windproof, thermal and waterproof gear can keep you dry and warm on rides so that you barely notice how cold it is. A winter base layer will help to wick moisture away from the skin effectively, to regulate your body temperature. A headband/a beanie/a balaclava worn under your helmet provides warmth. A good quality of shoes will keep the wind and rain out of your shoes something. Also, a pair of decent long fingered gloves, which not only provide warmth but also support your feeling of control, keeping you safe.

3. Keep Drinking Regularly

You may not realize that you are sweating under all that clothing, but fluid loss happens when cycling at any temperature. Get warm from the inside out by bringing hot broth or coffee along to slug when you cross into shivering territory. If you’re riding with a traditional water bottle, keep it in your back jersey pocket so it won’t freeze.

Your bike itself should be well prepared too. Make sure it has been serviced and kept in good working order

  1. Replace Your Old Tyre & Brake Pads

The surface of the road is dangerous during the winter months. Thorns, wet road, leaves, oil from the cars, and so on. If your tyre old and worn out, it is dangerous that lead to accident or flat tyre. And changing flat tyre in low temperature is so big deal, your hand will be freezing.

It is also apply to brake pads, throw away your old and worn out pads, buy pads specific for wet conditions for your safety.

2. Keep it Clean and Greased Regularly

Be sure to wash your bike, or at the very least wipe it down or rinse it, as soon as you finish each ride. After the postride cleaning, apply a thick or wet lube to keep everything running smoothly on your next ride.

3. Install Fender/Mudguard

Fenders keep slushy road spray off you and your bike, and more importantly, off the people you ride with. The spray can land directly into your face, waterbottle, up your back and soak your backside in an uncomfortable way. Anyone who has ever tried to ride directly behind someone who doesn’t have fenders in the wet will know exactly how much water is sprayed up by a rotating bike tyre.

4. Be Visible

Besides, wear reflective clothing or gears, make sure that your lights are charged or you have fresh batteries before every ride. It’s much darker during the winter, particularly with the shorter daylight hours. Make sure you’re seen, a good quality light with 500 lumens and upward is good for winter and night cycling.  Even during the day, visibility can be poor and with many car drivers choosing to keep their headlights on throughout the day for increased safety, it’s best for you to be doing the same.

5. Storage Bag

  

If you’re not usually one to carry a saddlebag, winter’s a good time to consider doing so. Spare inner tubes, patches and tools are far more likely to be needed during the winter, so make sure you’re stocked up and prepared.

 If you still insist to not go out, stay in and get on the turbo trainer

Happy Cycling!!!!

 

 

 

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