James Shaw shares his best advice for winter bike riding James Shaw is staying home this winter.
After a long season full of travel, with 65 race days and his first grand tour, the Englishman has returned to the lanes where he first started cycling toget ready for 2023 out on the Peak District’s moors. The cold, wet English winter does not daunt James. He loves being out with the sheep, cycling from village to village between dry-stone walls. James grew up riding in all weather and has learned how to equip himself for the worst.
“If you fail to prepare, you’ve got to be prepared to fail,” James says. It’s a lesson he’s learned the hard way more than once. One time, he got stuck shivering in a gale-force snowstorm with a flat tyre and had to call home for a pick up. He has promised himself that will never happen again. In the winter, he’ll take his two dogs for a walk first thing in the mornings to check out the conditions and decide what to wear. No matter what, his Rapha rain cape goes with him. This is James’s best advice for cold weather riding. “If you fail to prepare, you’ve got to be prepared to fail." Use tyre liners
I always run tubeless tires with the liners from Vittoria , because the last thing that I want to do is stand on the side of the road in two or three degrees and put an inner tube […]
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