Riding when the temperature drops can be a nice experience as long as you have the right equipment. Here, we discuss ways to make your bike more winter friendly and your cycling more enjoyable as a result.
Outwith summer months, there is a higher chance of getting a puncture and, let’s be honest, who wants to change a puncture with cold hands? Upgrading your tyres to a more puncture resistant option will save you time and hassle on your leisure cycle or commute. If you commute or cycle on tracks they will be muddier and take longer to dry out so it is also worth considering a more off-road tyre for more grip and stability.
Puncture resistant tyres
The Schwalbe Marathon Plus (left) and the Specialized All Condition puncture resistant tyres
Tyres with more gravel grip
Left to right - Schwalbe Marathon GT365, Specialized Crossroads Armadillo, Panaracer Gravelking
On from the point above, as the ground remains wetter, mudguards are definitely worth fitting as they will not only protect you and your clothes, they will also prevent your bike getting gunked up. Options for commuter, gravel, road and mountain bike.
Left to Right -SKS P50 Mudguards (Commuter and gravel), Crud Racepack (MTB), SKS Raceblades (Road)
The more the merrier! Anything that makes you more visible in the daytime or at night is recommended. If you cycle on dark streets, then a more powerful light would be required to see where you are going (just be sure not to run them full power in town).
Lezyne Micro Pro 800XL Set, CatEye Duplex dual helmet light, Moon Comet X Lightset
Whenever cyclists see the gritters out that should be a signal to double down on their maintenance, particularly cleaning your chain and cassette. Salt and road grime will make these parts wear out quicker if not regularly cleaned and lubed. It is also worthwhile keeping an eye on your brake pad wear and tyre condition as the winter can be harder on these parts also. If you are unsure, call us to book a checkup.