Prepare for Winter
Wet Roads, shorter days... let’s take care on the roads this winter!
The turn of the season spells new challenges for road cyclists, with the prospect of changing conditions in enduring months. Timely to remind ourselves of these tips for winter riding:
Clothing - Dress to stay dry with warm and waterproof clothing making you more comfortable (and keep influenza at bay!). A waterproof jacket, gloves and overshoes to protect from the extremities are almost a must on colder days, after all there’s no sense in freezing out there.
Check out the great range of winter clothing on offer at Bob's Bikes.
Lighting – Visibility is a problem for both drivers and cyclists alike in winter – especially in rain or heavy overcast conditions, and let’s not forget pedestrians. Let Autumn be a reminder to check/replace light batteries. We recommend a minimum of two lights – one red flashing one on the rear, and a white light on the front. Any additional illumination on clothing/helmet etc is a bonus.
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Wet Roads - The road surface will be extremely slippery and most dangerous just after the rain has begun. Be extra cautious and avoid where possible: man holes, drain coverings, rainbow oil patches, puddles and painted road markings.
Braking - When brakes become wet they will be less efficient and your stopping time increases a lot. Ride slower in wet weather and practice braking when first becoming accustomed to it. Pump the brakes gently while going down hills; this will reduce your bike’s speed slightly and dry the rims.
Cornering in the rain can be tricky and dangerous. Shift as much of your weight on the outside pedal as possible. Lean your body more than the bike. By doing this, you will be able to corner with a reasonable amount of speed, as the body will tend to remain balanced over the bike when the tyres slide over painted lines and unseen oil patches. Do as much (if not all) of your braking before you hit the corner.
Equipment – With wet conditions the need to protect your important investment becomes even more important. Safety and maintenance checks are essential for maintaining maximum performance and keeping safe. The start of a new season is the perfect time to make sure your cycle is properly prepared by checking tyre pressures and making sure all parts are lubricated and correctly adjusted. Or why not book your bike in for a service at Bob's Bikes?
And if wet roads seem too daunting, why not consider a windtrainer – a valuable piece of equipment that can keep your training programme on track.
Check out the windtrainers in stock at Bob's Bikes.
Now that you and your bike are prepared for the winter season, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy some fantastic riding – take care out there!