I will miss the summer, despite Kovid we had an amazing summer. The weather was beautiful and it made cycling fun. Even those rare moments of rain did not dampen my enjoyment of using the bike during those sunny days.
With the winter arriving am I going to hang my bike up and call it a day. Well no although if the weather is really yucky I might stay inside. However, in order to stay safe cycling in the winter there are some things that we all should do.
This is very important and an absolute must to get right. Bicycle lights today are lightweight and generally charge by USB and if you are riding an electric bike can be powered through your bike battery. There are two considerations to make when thinking about lights, be seen and seeing.
If you’re cycling in an urban setting then you will want to be seen and this will be your priority. There are many different styles of light that range in price from £5 to £200. Although expensive the Knog Blinders blinking LED lights are brilliant. (Ebay link is non-affliliate).
If you’re cycling in country lanes then you will want to see and your lighting will need to reflect that. The Lezyne Zecto Drive 250 – Front Light is another very good product and will light the way for you.
Better still combine both types of lighting for maximum safety, just remember not to blind other road users and position your lights correctly.
When getting ready to go out cycling in the cold the thing to remember is layers. Lots of thin layers is better than 1 or 2 think layers. It is also good to dress in gear that you might feel chilly in at first but you’ll soon warm up, otherwise you’ll end up arriving feeling like a furnace. If you can wear a thermal base layer this will be a good start.
Get a good pair of gloves, a water or wind-proof jacket and overshoes or as I do a couple of carrier bags!
And finally your bike which is generally water proof but you can do some things to help. Check your brakes. They need to be in the best condition possible. Cycling in the wet is dangerous enough, so make sure your brakes are working well. You can buy wet weather chain lubricant, but I have never used it and so cannot comment. I am however going to buy Muc-Off Wet Lube 120ml Biodegradable Bike Chain Lubricant For Wet Weather and give it a try. I’ll let you know.
Cycling in the winter can be fun if you’re properly prepared. Enjoy and stay safe.