Riding your bike during the winter months.
Keeping fit and riding your bike during the winter months can be pretty tricky. Dealing with temperature change, poor conditions and poor light add to the hazards of winter riding and maintaining a level of fitness gained in previous months.
Of course there is the option of smart trainers linked with group activities and personal goals but that doesn’t suit everyone. Some key pointers to ensure you get some miles in the fresh air:-
Bike maintenance – cleaning your bike after each ride and ensuring the chain and mechanical parts (gears) are cleaned and lubricated correctly.
Wrap up well – there is some excellent winter riding gear available to keep out the cold, unlike back in the day when it was down to how many layers you could put on!! Areas to focus on are head, hands and feet.
Punctures…. good tyres are a must, tubeless conversion is a plus. Slime inner tubes have become very popular giving a good standard of puncture resistance. Don’t forget a good pump, the tools to do the job and the correct length of tube valve for deep section rims.
Lights – these will keep you seen during the day during those dull days and poor conditions, they are not just for night riding.
Hope you find this useful but by all means pop in to see us or give us a call if you wish to know more. Advice is free and the kettle is always on.