Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Keep You Riding

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The winter season may leave some people feeling lazy and unmotivated to do regular exercise. The cold weather may make you feel like staying indoors and choosing to stay under the sheets.

However, the long winter months should not cause you to become unhealthy. For starters, engaging in a regular physical workout is a great way to break the attitude of getting lazy during winter. You may think that cycling in the winter is a bit daunting, but you should realize that staying fit and healthy is something that should not be taken aside.

Here are a few winter cycling tips on how to help you keep going and defy the cold winter days:

Wear the right clothing

The first thing that you should prepare is proper winter gear to keep you warm while you are outside. You don’t have to buy the most expensive winter gear. Keep in mind that what you will need is the right gear that has thermal, windproof and waterproof capabilities so that you barely feel the cold air while cycling.

Choose the right clothes by adding layers to give you a range of clothing that can make you feel comfortable in different temperatures.

You might choose wearing thick fleece jackets, but remember that you could still sweat despite the cold temperature. Wearing clothes that do not absorb sweat may make you feel wet and cold. Choose clothes that can make your skin breathe.

Aside from choosing the right clothes, make sure that you also have the right winter gloves for cycling. The cold air will definitely make your hands stiff, and so using the right winter cycling gloves will protect your fingers from the harsh cold.

Plan your food and hydration

The winter season is something that a lot of people are looking forward to. Cycling is one of the best outdoor activities that you can enjoy with the whole family during winter.

You can do cycling together and stop by the park to have a small picnic. Make sure to bring enough water to keep you hydrated. It may be cold but cycling under any weather can still make you sweat.

Should you decide to spend your winter break in any of the ski resorts in the French Alps, you don’t have to worry about food, because there will probably be several options for you to pick from.

Prepare your bicycle for winter cycling

Some people would keep their old bikes and use them during winter, while others buy a new one specifically for winter use. Before going cycling at the first sign of snow, check your bicycle to see if it’s safe for use during winter.

If you notice your speed being dragged down that usual, don’t be surprised. That’s probably due to the increased aerodynamic drag because of the heavy winter clothing that you’re wearing.

Check your tyres

For starters, make sure that your bicycle tyres are puncture resistant. To ensure safety, use tyres with a low TPI (threads per inch) because these are harder and tougher than traditional ones, and therefore lower risk of getting punctured.

Roads may be wet and slippery during winter. For this case, wider bike tyres may be a better option during winter rides. You should also set your tyres at a lower PSI (pressure per square inch) to provide better grip on wet roads.

Winter cycling could be potentially fun and exciting, but always remember that safety is a top priority. These tips should be able to help you survive your future winter bike rides.