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We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and DPD Pick-up

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    How to Ride in the Winter

       Words by Mark

       on 22/12/2016 11:07:00

    As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it can be hard finding the motivation to get out on the bike. Everything can seem slower, harder and a bit less enjoyable than those summer evening rides. However, as many seasoned cyclists are well aware, it’s incredibly important to keep riding during the winter months to be in the best shape when spring rolls around.

    Fortunately, there’s a few tips worth sharing to help make the most of your winter of cycling. By making sure you are kitted out with the right clothing, accessories and attitude, mounting your bike on a cold, dark morning will feel much less daunting (Plus, you might even learn to love it).

    The Clothing

    Getting your clothing choice right in winter is a bit of a dark art. It can depend on how far you’re going, the purpose of the ride and – of course – the weather. A key tip is to layer your clothing and make sure you have a good mix of windproof, waterproof and thermal items, which give you a variety of options for differing weather conditions. Many people worry about getting cold hands and cold feet during the winter, and although this is very important, layering your core correctly will help keep your extremities warm too.

    A few essential items to consider are a windproof jersey, a thermal base layer, a packable waterproof jacket, a water resistant soft-shell jacket and a warm lower-body layer. Combined with some gloves and overshoes, this selection should allow for enough flexibility to cope with the changeable British climate.

    When choosing clothing, pay attention to details like high-visibility colours, reflective panels and zips for temperature regulation. For example, you might be doing a lot of commuting in the dark or need good breathability for technical off-road climbs. Take time to consider what details would make your riding experience more enjoyable or safer.

    The Bike

    Winter riding can be harsh on your bike. The increased amount of rain and grit can wear down components more quickly and cause havoc for parts that need grease like your bottom bracket and headset. If you’re riding more than a couple of times a week, it can make sense to have a winter specific bike to help deal with the conditions more comfortably.

    Winter-focused road bikes will usually have wider tyres for grip and puncture resistance, alongside some mudguards and other accessories like lights. Even if you can’t afford a second bike, you can still apply the same approach to your existing bike:

    Mudguards: Some brands like SKS make mudguards that will fit on any frame, without the need of specific eyelets. They will help keep your feet dry in showers and prevent the spread of grit onto your drivetrain, increasing its longevity. Mountain bikers can use clip-on mudguards if they want to prevent any dirt from the trail getting in unwanted areas.

    Tyres: No-one likes fixing a puncture in the freezing cold, so it’s worth investing in some winter-focused tyres with greater puncture resistance and better grip in wet conditions. They might not roll as fast as your slick summer tyres, but you will be able to keep going for much longer.

    Brakes: For road cyclists, rim brakes are still popular. However, they can be a little unreliable when things get really wet (especially if using carbon rims). Disc brakes are worth considering if you find you spend a lot of time riding in the wet, as they perform much better and have greater modulation - meaning you’ll feel much more confident riding any slippery descents.

    The Accessories

    If you want to make the most out of your winter cycling, there will be a few accessories that will come in handy throughout the colder months.

    Lights are highly recommended, especially if you are regular commuter or someone who enjoys big winter miles. Mountain bikers will need a really strong headlight for riding technical trails in the dark and often combine a helmet light, with a light on the bars. Even a pair of lightweight emergency lights to keep in your pocket will make you feel much safer if you do happen to get caught out as the light fades fast.

    Saddlebags, storage bottles and backpacks are great options if you find yourself carrying extra kit. Once you have packed a spare jacket, some inner tubes and some food, storage space can be become scarce. These handy little storage solutions just give you a few extra options so that you can be prepared for every ride.

    Indoor Training

    If things get really bad outside and you want to keep up your training, indoor trainers are really useful. Some people hate them and some people swear by them. Fortunately, recent advances in indoor training technology means apps like Zwift let you ride with your friends from the warmth of your own home – a smart turbo trainer is the best way to go if you want this experience. However, traditional turbo trainer, or set of indoor rollers are still great options and it’s always worth investing in an indoor trainer if you’re prone to shy away from the elements.

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