Tips for cycling in winter (Part 2)

  1. Ride indoors

It can get too miserable and cold to try outdoor riding. If you are a competitive cyclist this is particularly true. It is not a very effective workout riding in really windy, icy, cold or wet conditions you are going to get. Riding on an indoor trainer allows you to achieve the same training effect in less time and provides a safer riding environment. It is very effective for high-intensity workouts and is convenient for most cyclists. When you will expose yourself to the elements you can still ride outdoors though using a trainer allows you to be more selective. It also provides a change of pace for you. Use your outdoor trainer for more intense sessions and the rides for low-to-moderate intensity efforts.

  1. Notice the wind

Try to do the first half of your ride into a tailwind and return with a headwind whenever possible. This allows you to gain the benefit of a tailwind on your way home and to tackle a headwind when you are fresh. When you are tired and sweaty it allows you to avoid an icy wind during the second half of your ride so this is even more important in winter.

  1. Cycle with friends

You need a company. Okay, there are tremendous benefits to riding in a group although winter riding doesn’t have to be miserable. You can take turns sharing conversation d and shielding each other from a biting win. It can be a more enjoyable experience makes the time go by faster. If someone has a mechanical problem it’s also more convenient and safer.

  1. Care about your bike

Pay attention to your bike’s care and upkeep because winter riding can wreak havoc on your bicycle. Make sure you lube the chain after every ride in wet conditions and gears on a more frequent basis and clean the bike, brakes, gears, chain, and wheel rims on a regular basis. At the beginning and end of winter you may want to visit your local bike shop for a tune-up to make sure your bike is in good repair.