As the chilly winds of winter approach, many cyclists are tempted to stow away their bikes and hibernate until Spring. But for those who dare to venture out in the cold, cycling can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. At Bicycle Broker, we understand the passion of all-weather cyclists and are here to help you prepare for the elements. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to cold-weather cycling, here are five essential tips to keep you pedaling safely:
Dress for Success
One of the key factors in enjoying cold-weather cycling is dressing appropriately. Layering is the name of the game. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, like this merino long sleeve from 7mesh, to keep sweat away from your skin. Add an insulating layer, such as this vest from 7Mesh, for warmth, and finish with a windproof and waterproof outer layer, like this amazing jacket, to protect against the elements. Don’t forget to cover your extremities with thermal gloves, a beanie, and warm, windproof socks.
With shorter daylight hours during the winter, visibility is crucial. Equip your bike with bright lights, both front and rear, to ensure that you’re seen by other road users. These options from Outbound Lighting are among our top picks, with enough lumens to continue riding in the woods this winter, if you choose. Reflective clothing and accessories, such as reflective vests or bands, can further enhance your visibility. Safety is paramount, especially during the low-light conditions of winter.
Cold weather can affect tire pressure. Ensure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure, as lower pressure can lead to reduced traction. Consider investing in winter-specific tires for better grip on icy and snowy surfaces. You can get a great rundown of options HERE.
Mind Your Braking
Be mindful of how you use your brakes in cold weather. When the temperature drops, braking distances tend to increase, and your bike’s brakes may not be as responsive. Start braking earlier than you normally would and avoid sudden, hard stops. It’s also important to have your brakes checked regularly to ensure they are in top condition.
Keep It Clean
Winter cycling often means riding through salt, slush, and grit, which can quickly take a toll on your bike. Regularly clean and lubricate your drivetrain, as well as your bike’s frame to prevent corrosion. A well-maintained bike is less likely to develop issues and will keep you riding smoothly throughout the season.
Protect Your Investment with Bicycle Broker
Before you embark on your cold-weather cycling adventures, it’s essential to protect your investment. Bicycle Broker offers comprehensive insurance coverage to keep your bike safe, whether you’re riding in frigid temperatures or not. To learn more about our coverage options and get a quote, visit our website at www.bicyclebroker.ca.
Don’t let the winter chill deter you from pursuing your cycling passion. With the right gear, precautions, and coverage, you can enjoy the thrill of cold-weather cycling safely. So, gear up, stay visible, and ride on, because the cold can’t keep a dedicated cyclist off the road!