Cycling in the winter has its challenges Just because the days are getting shorter and the weather less cycling-friendly, doesn’t mean you have to stop cycling your bike. Over the next two issues we will give you our top tips on how to get you and your bike winter-ready. First up is your bike …
Good Grip Is Essential
Rain showers during the autumn/winter months will generate more debris on the road, so, reliability and good grip are the two key components when it comes to selecting a tyre. The last thing you want to be is stuck on the side of the road with a puncture in the rain. If your bike allows you to run a wider tyre, consider it during the winter months. A wider tyre will improve the comfort and grip. When it comes to selecting a tyre, consider one with Kevlar as this offers more protection. If you are running tubeless tires, make sure you have enough sealant in them. When cycling your bike avoid wet leaves and avoid paint surfaces especially in very wet roads.
Next up are your brakes. Wet roads coupled with debris like wet leaves will reduce your braking distance. Make sure your brakes are in working order.
If your bike is equipped with rim brakes, the brakes must work more as they have to deal with water, grease and oil being thrown up on the rim. Disc brakes do have to work equally as hard, but studies have shown […]