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Winter Biking Basics

After reading these simple tips about biking in winter you will feel a lot safer on the road and you will enjoy commuting in winter more than in summer. Well, ok maybe you will not enjoy riding a bike more than in summer but almost close to that.

Prepare Your Bicycle

There’s no way around it – your bike is going to get beat up from winter commuting. If you value the well-being of your performance road bike or mountain bike, don’t winter commute on it. But a daily commuter with a steel frame can easy be adapted to be a winter riding machine.   During the winter, wipe down your chain after every ride, and apply chain lube at least three times a month to prevent rust, wear and corrosion from road salt. Apply a blast of aerosol lube to your bike’s moving parts once a month or every week if the conditions are particularly rough. It will prevent the parts seizing or starting to rust. Avoid spraying lubricant on rims or brakes. Don’t forget about tires. Change them that kind that is more suitable for winter. Your tires are a vital part to upgrade for winter bike rides. Studded and knobbed ones give more traction and will grip easier when the bike starts to slide.

Be Visible

If you’re going to bike on the streets in bad weather, you’re going to want to be seen. So you need to find clothes that can reflect light from cars or just from anything. 70% of accidents with bicyclists happen when it’s dark outside and why? Because almost everyone thinks that cars see us miles away. But the problem is that they don’t! They see you only then when it is too late already and they cannot brake in time. Next thing you know- you wake up in the hospital with a broken leg. So please be careful on the road. Even if you are walking not riding a bike. Don’t forget about the lights on your bicycle. Headlight and taillight. You will have to see where you are riding, right? And lights make you more visible to cars and other transportation.

Stay Dry

Despite your night bike ride preparations, some drizzle is inevitable during rainy or snowy seasons. And if you should fall, getting wet is part of the cycling experience. So you need weatherproof clothing as well as reflective wear. I don’t think that you want that your underclothes that you wear for work would be wet after your ride to work every morning. Not always winter is cold and with a lot of snow. There can be rain and a lot of water on roads. So always think about waterproof clothes, especially pants. They will keep you warm and keep your underclothes dry and you will not have any problems with getting wet. You can find a lot of clothes in Amazon or Ebay if your budget is very tight. Basically that is it. These are the things that need to be given more attention when riding in winter and in a very bad weather. I can advise you to read Winter Biking article for more experienced tips.

Best accessories that every cyclist should have

Cycling comes in various disciplines. You may use your bike for daily commuting, recreation and professional sporting. Depending on your purpose of use, there are different accessories that you can use. However, there are a few accessories that are a must for one and all. Listed below are a few of them. Continue reading Best accessories that every cyclist should have