“Beat The Cold: A Comprehensive Guide To Road Cycling In Winter”

Let’s face ⁢it –‍ most people would always prefer cycling in ‍the long, warm days that⁤ summer brings, but this doesn’t mean that cycling in winter has to be any less ​enjoyable. With the right ⁢preparation and equipment, winter cycling can be just as‍ fun.‍ Here’s our ‍guide to help you get the most out of road cycling over the ⁣colder‌ months.

Winter Bike

First and foremost, if you plan on winter cycling, you’re going to⁤ need ⁢a bike! Many keen cyclists will ​swear ​by having a ‍dedicated winter⁣ bike, the idea being⁤ that your ​‘best’ bike ⁤can ⁣be kept for ‍the summer months when there isn’t as much salt, grit, water etc on⁣ the roads ‍that can quite quickly destroy expensive components. A⁤ winter bike is normally cheaper and of ‍a lower ⁣spec than most ⁤riders summer bikes.

However,⁣ always remember – just because it’s a winter bike, it‌ doesn’t‌ mean you can neglect it. Pay attention ​to ​the components, keep the bike ‍clean and well maintained‍ to ensure ​hassle-free riding all winter long.

Bike set up

An advantage of having a dedicated winter bike is that you can spec it‍ to suit‍ the conditions⁣ you expect to​ ride in, rather than‌ swapping‍ components around on⁤ one bike. Here we look at what components⁤ you might want to⁤ think about having on your winter steed:

Mudguards

Mudguards are a ⁣winter ⁣essential and there are numerous benefits to using‍ them.‌ Firstly, they offer some protection for your ⁤bike ‍from the spray⁢ of ‌the road, reducing the amount of ​corrosive⁢ salt ⁣and grit‌ landing on the bike.

Secondly, they offer significant protection for you as the rider, as they will reduce the amount of​ muck thrown⁢ up ⁤from the wheels. By ‌fitting a⁢ good set of mudguards you’re not going ​to ⁣get wet from⁤ water spraying up from⁣ your wheels meaning you can stay dry and warm for the duration of ⁤your ride. Plus, if you’re riding ‍with a group,⁤ it stops them from getting wet from water spraying off your back wheel! It’s also an important safety aspect – spray in a riders face can cause visibility problems which is ‍something you definitely want⁣ to avoid, especially when in a group. Trust⁢ us, any fellow cyclists aren’t⁢ going to want to ride with you in⁢ winter ⁢if you haven’t got mudguards.

If you’ve ⁤got a dedicated⁣ winter ​bike then ⁣the chances ⁤are it will already‍ have mudguard eyelets, allowing you⁢ to fit heavy-duty mudguards that will offer complete coverage. If not, then there are plenty of clip-on ‍mudguards options available. However, do ensure you’ve got ⁣enough tyre clearance and checked compatibility before committing to any⁣ purchase.

Tyres

As the only contact point between the road and‌ your ‍bike, making the right⁤ tyre choice in winter is very important.⁤ We would ​suggest a hard-wearing tyre, with suitable tread for grip ⁤on wet ⁢roads and a‍ high level of puncture protection. Something like the Gavia Fondo 0 would be ideal.


Lower tyre ⁣pressure results in a bigger surface ⁣area on the road,⁢ increasing the amount of grip available

A common trick is running slightly wider‍ tyres than normal – 28mm or above would be ideal. We’d⁣ also recommend going⁣ tubeless; the​ advantages include‍ reduced risk of punctures and being able to run them at lower pressures, which improves the contact area between the tyre and​ the road, increasing the amount of grip at ⁢your disposal.

Lights

As the days in winter⁢ are‍ shorter, a good quality ‍set of⁣ bike ‍lights are vital for safety. Very bright LED lights are now ⁢small, lightweight ‌and don’t have ‍to‍ break the ​bank so ⁢there really is no excuse not to ‍have them.

We’d​ suggest one ⁤on the front of the bike‌ and at least one ⁢on the rear. Flashing lights are advised ‌because they catch people’s eye so you’re ‍more likely to be seen. We offer a range of lights in a range​ of different lumens for all types of riding. You can read ⁤our full guide to​ lights for⁣ more information.

Clothing

Perhaps the most important aspect to consider before heading ⁢out during the winter months is what you’re wearing. Making the right choices can make ⁣or break a ride, no matter how⁤ wet ​or cold‍ the weather gets – as the old saying goes, ‘there’s no‌ such thing as bad weather, just bad ⁣clothing’.

One word that’s key when it comes to clothing for​ winter riding – layers.

By wearing layers, you have⁣ options ​should the ⁢weather change and ⁣you begin to warm⁤ up. Furthermore, wearing⁤ layers can be a really ‌good value way⁢ of staying warm‍ –⁢ you⁣ don’t necessarily need winter specific clothing if you use your existing wardrobe ‌to​ layer correctly.

Every outfit should start ‍with a‍ good ‍quality ‍moisture-wicking

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