Dress Smart and Be Warm
Whether you’ll be up against the elements will determine whether you keep biking day in and out. The first line of defense when dressing for winter weather should be your thermals or men’s thermal skins. They’ll keep you from freezing over and potentially catching frostbite or worse.
Take Care of Your Bike
If your bike isn’t up to part like it used to be, it doesn’t mean you have to buy a brand-new rig. Most of the time a little maintenance goes a long way. Go to your local bike shop and they can tell you anything you need to know for self-repair and the pieces you’ll need at discounted rates.
Furthermore, make sure you’re cleaning your bike after every winter ride—gunk can and will eventually build up on your wheels, spokes, and brakes. This can be a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to stay functional on the road and need to brake quickly.
Bringing extras of your items is vital. Biking can be a long-distance sport; have all the amenities for yourself and for your bike. Making a list of things of gear is essential; double- and triple-checking is essential. Before you go out on a trip, especially if it’s long-distance, make sure you have everything you need. Don’t forget anything.
The Forecast and the Buddy System
They say that two heads are better than one, and this could not be truer than when you’re traveling. Having a buddy to go on your adventures with will ensure you reach your destination and that you don’t forget anything. You’ll keep one another company and make many memories that will last for years.
On top of that, you’ll also be able to keep a lookout for one another during inclement weather. We cannot always be sure of when the weather might change, but with a good buddy system, we’ll have an idea of when it might.
Preparedness is key before any outdoor activity. There’s always the potential that things can become extreme. Adventurers and their bikes must always be prepared, no matter the size of the trip. Taking care of one’s health is important, too, so the trip can be enjoyed stress-free. With these great tips for staying safe while winter cycling you will be up and ready for your next winter adventure in no time without a worry.