Is it suitable for cycling in winter? Precautions for riding in winter.

The beginning of winter has passed, marking the official arrival of winter. Not riding a bike? Of course not! For riders, when they think of keeping their car in storage for a few months, they feel depressed and painful. But for those who rarely ride in winter, they shiver at the thought of the feeling of freezing and powerlessness when riding in the cold...

Next, Wheelsall (www.wheelsall.com) will popularize some tips for you, so that you can ride without worries in winter, even in the snow and ice, you can ride beautifully.

Reasons and benefits of riding in winter

Before we discuss how to ride safely in winter, it is necessary to remind ourselves of the benefits of riding in winter. If you are an environmentalist, there is no doubt that winter cycling is low-carbon and environmentally friendly. On the other hand, it also allows you to maintain your physical activity in the cold winter, to ensure your health, and to prepare you for the return of riding in the spring. From the perspective of commuting, riding a bicycle saves trouble and is not afraid of traffic jams, even in winter.

How to choose a bicycle suitable for winter riding

For riders living in the north, especially if the city you live in often snows, the number one enemy of riding is not necessarily the weather, but the salt sprinkled on the road... Therefore, if you want to be on your own If you insist on riding in the winter in a city, then you may want an "indestructible" bicycle. Salt will corrode bicycles, this is an unavoidable fact. Our suggestion is to buy a comfortable and economical bicycle. The most important thing is not to be too expensive, because it may be reimbursed in advance, and you will not be hurt by it.

Some other useful notes:

Aluminum wheels-to be honest, aluminum wheels are not recommended these days, but in this case, at least they will not rust and make your bike longer.

Flat pedaling-riding a bicycle in winter, you need to be able to get your feet on the ground quickly, locking pedals is undoubtedly not a good choice.

Mudguard-must be installed! The weather is unpredictable, so unless you want to ride in the winter when your butt is wet and cold, put on a mudguard.

Lower the seat-this is the same as using a flat pedal. You don't want to fall and fly out, right? Getting your feet on the ground quickly under unpredictable conditions is crucial. Lowering the seat height will make your center of gravity more stable, ensuring that your feet can step firmly on the ground in an instant.

Bring a bike light

Once the winter season is over, you will find that the dark is extremely fast and the day is getting shorter and shorter. If you plan to go out and ride, bicycle lights are absolutely necessary. (Recommended reading: How to choose bicycle lights for night riding?)

When riding on the road, it is very important to have lights so that others can see you to protect yourself. Especially in the winter, due to the sudden drop in temperature, there are generally no people riding on the road, which means that the perception of riders of car drivers is generally reduced. What needs to be reminded is that due to the low temperature, the power consumption of the bicycle light will increase, so it is important to charge in time.

Dress warm, but don’t wear too much

Some riders are easily scared by the weather forecast. When they hear the temperature is low, they feel the need to dress up as if they are going to the North Pole. As everyone knows, it was warm at first, but it was fatal during the ride, which would consume a lot of energy. Riding in winter, the first minute or two may be very cold, but as the riding time stretches, your body will soon warm up.

You can wear warmer clothes when you go out for riding in winter, but don't wear too much. You don't want to be soaked in sweat while riding. You can wear a few more pieces, and then put them on and take off according to temperature fluctuations.

Keep your hands and feet warm

The most important thing for riders is to keep their hands and feet warm 

Make sure your shoes, gloves or mittens are comfortable, waterproof and windproof. If you have gloves or mittens suitable for outdoor activities, such as Sendike autumn and winter gloves Cara, you can also use them when riding in winter. The premise is to ensure that you can brake and shift gears safely and flexibly.

Understand the road surface

If you have never ridden a bike in the ice and snow before, it will be very troublesome at first. To be safe, you only need to know some knowledge about ice and snow. If there is no ice on the road, only fluffy snow, there is no problem at all, and it will even be fun! If possible, icy roads should be avoided as much as possible; if it is unavoidable, it is recommended not to brake when passing icy roads. Increase the gear of the bicycle and continue pedaling. Remember, it's okay to use your feet to slow down. The big deal is to get out of the car and push. If there is a section of the road that makes you feel very nervous, try riding in advance so that you will not miss the entire cycling activity because of a certain section of the road.

About tires

If your city is surrounded by snow and ice in winter, it is also a good idea to prepare snow tires for yourself. It is worth noting that the cost of snow tires is higher, and the front wheel is generally preferred. Another good recommendation for tires is to reduce your tire pressure to the lowest recommended psi level. Slightly softer tires will provide better grip and make you less likely to slip.

Winter bike maintenance

Finally, your bicycle needs to take a big health care in winter to maintain its best performance (recommended reading: Winter bicycle maintenance, you will understand after reading it!). It’s OK to leave your bike outdoors all winter, and some people even think it’s better: this can prevent your bike from being corroded by ice, snow and heat, thereby avoiding triggering salt production.

Anyway, whether you leave your car outdoors or indoors, you must shake off the excess snow when you get home, and check the brakes before going out (it may freeze when you leave it outdoors). It should also be noted that the chain should be cleaned/lubricated with lubricant from time to time to avoid rust. These operations will basically keep your bike healthy and smoothly transition to the arrival of spring.

With these winter riding precautions, you can go out and ride happily this winter!


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