Cycling to work gets harder during winter, not only are you battling cold winds, but it can also be tough on your bike. Ensuring that your bike does not let you down is essential. A cold winters day can affect your bike, bikes do not like winter at all, the water, grit and gunk that comes their way can impact performance.
As an individual that cycles to work, I understand the need to maintain my bike over winter. Here are some simple tips to get you to work on time and protect your favourite ride.
Mudguards will definitely help maintain your bike and definitely look the part. If your bike doesn’t have dedicated mudguards eyelets, you can purchase clip on guards. Clip on guards are an inexpensive way of protecting your bike.
Mudguards will help you stay dry and keep surface water from bouncing up and splashing you. They really do influence your comfort and enjoyment of cycling to work during winter. If you haven’t bought a bike yet, I would recommend checking out Formby Cycles, they offer a range of bicycles with mudguards.
Punctures tend to happen more over the winter months, cold roads and sharp flints really can influence your bikes performance. A winter tyre will, generally, provide more puncture resistance and grip on the road. They’re slightly heavier than summer tyres, but offer more protection and resistance to punctures. You might be sacrificing speed, but you will be a lot safer. If you do end up with a puncture you can repair it by letting the tyre deflate and then putting a drop on the cut. Allow it to dry, and then re-inflate and it should be good to go.
It gets dark quicker during winter, thus it’s important that your bike has fitted lights if you’re planning on cycling any time after 4pm. I’s a legal requirement to have a white light at the front and a red and the rear, and it’s dangerous to ride without them. You can find out more about bicycle lights here.
Slime bike sealant
If your bike is prone to getting punctures you might want to think about investing in new tyres. Another notable solution is slime bike sealant, its prefect for protecting your bike and your tyres on bumpy rides. It is a quality sealant, and can be used for all tyres models.
Slime bike sealant is a high-quality sealant, and it is non-toxic making it environmentally friendly. Once installed the slime remains like a liquid and will not harden or dry out. If you are thinking about investing in some slime sealant, but don’t know how to add it to your bike please follow this video.
Being prepared is one thing to consider. When you’re out on the road having a small saddle packed with all the maintenance essentials can be extremely handy. Be sure to include: pumps, lights, cleaning equipment and lube.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check some of my other bike articles.