5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Winter Rides on the Bike
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, many mountain- and road bikers put their bikes away for the winter. But with the right preparation, you can keep riding all year round (hurray 🎉). Here are 5 ways to prepare yourself for winter rides:
Check your tires
Winter riding conditions can be unpredictable, with wet, slippery trails and snow-covered terrain. To maintain traction, consider switching to a tire with more aggressive tread patterns or running tubeless tires with a lower air pressure.
Protect Your Drivetrain
With wet and muddy conditions, your drivetrain can quickly accumulate grime and debris. To keep it running smoothly, make sure to clean and lubricate your chain, cassette, and derailleurs before each ride. This can be done by using a degreaser and lubricant that are specially formulated for wet conditions.
Keep Your Hands Warm
Cold, wet hands can make winter riding unbearable. Investing in a pair of waterproof and insulated gloves will help keep your hands warm and dry. You can also consider using handlebar mittens or grip warmers to keep your fingers from freezing.
Protect Your Eyes
Winter rides can be brutal on your eyes, with glare from the snow and the wind whipping debris. Make sure to protect your eyes with a quality pair of sunglasses or goggles. We're happy to share that all our eyewear at Naos Optics come with a clear lens in the box on top of your lens of choice to keep your eyes safe during gloomy winter rides.
Dress in Layers
Layering is key to staying warm and comfortable on a winter ride. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add a mid-layer for insulation, and finish with a waterproof and breathable outer layer. It's also a good idea to bring a jacket or vest that you can easily remove and pack away in your backpack when you start to warm up.
By following these tips, you'll be prepared for whatever the winter weather throws at you, you're welcome 😉. Remember to also check your local weather forecast before each ride and adjust your equipment and clothing accordingly! Stay safe and be brave!