8 Tips for Cycling in Winter

Tips to keep you on the saddle this winter

8 Tips for Cycling in Winter

Winter is just a few weeks away. While this is typically a time to stay indoors, it's important to continue with your exercise routine to beat the winter blues. You might be discouraged by the thought that your cycling might have to be on hold due to the colder weather, but we're here to share some tips on how to enjoy your daily cycling even when it gets a bit chillier.

8 tips for cycling in winter 

1. Dress for a chillier ride

Layering up and donning weatherproof cycling gear is essential for conquering winter rides. Don't forget these must-have clothing items for cycling in the winter:

  • A waterproof jacket 
  • Thermal bib tights 
  • Thermal/wicking cycling base layer
  • Windproof cycling vest
  • Cycling overshoes
  • Windproof/thermal gloves
  • Clear glasses

You can also include thermal socks, an under-helmet cap or headband, and winter-specific cycling shoes/boots.

Whatever your winter riding needs, we have it all stocked at Action Cycles. Pop in at our store and let us guide you on the best clothing to wear on your winter rides.

2. Prep yourself for punctures

Wet roads are known to attract thorns, shards of glass and sharp stones. Roads in the winter are generally wetter than any other time of year, so it’s best to keep a few tubes, puncture kits and pumps with you as you head out for your winter ride.

3. Keep yourself nourished 

In winter, it's essential to recognise that your body is using energy to cycle and stay warm. Ensure that you have enough protein for the ride and stay hydrated. You can even add some warm water to your drink to fend off the cold.

A quick stop at The Grind for a post-cycle coffee is also a great way to make those winter rides more enjoyable.

4. Make sure you’re seen

It's great to see many cyclists using lights during their day rides throughout the year. If you don't have them already, be sure to equip your bike and helmet with lights for your winter rides, even during the day. On overcast days, you are less visible to traffic, so bring out your reflective gear, headlamps, and bike lights to ensure a safe ride.

5. Fit the right tyres 

South Africa’s roads don’t change too drastically over the winter period, however, we often experience wetter roads from increased rainfall or condensation from the colder nights and mornings which, as mentioned previously is a minefield for sharp objects in the road. Visit us in-store to find the best fit of tyre for your bike this winter.

6. Put up those mudguards

Anyone who has had to ride a wet road behind someone who does not have fenders or mudguards, will tell you how important it is to have them fitted to your bike. Fitting your bike with fenders or mudguards lessens the upkick of water and road grit from your bike, making it a more pleasant ride for you and anyone riding behind you.

7. Maintain your bike 

Keeping your bike well maintained is important at any time of year, but even more so during winter. In winter you’ll need to pay extra attention to your moving parts, such as your chain, gears, cables, hubs and bottom bracket. Have your bike checked over at our workshop for any wear and tear, and make sure that you keep your bike clean of any grime.

8. Prepare for your ride

Plan your route in advance and make sure that you are prepared for any probability. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you set on your route, take some money with you in case of emergencies and make sure that your bike is ready for the ride ahead.

Action Cycles has the right advice for you

When in doubt, feel free to visit us in-store or give us a call. Our experienced team is dedicated to offering you the best advice and solutions for any concerns you might have.

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