Not even bad weather can deter some of the most determined cyclists. So here’s some tips to help keep you safe in winter conditions.
Stick To Busier Routes
In winter the opposite advice applies, rather than having a more relaxing cycle down a lesser known road it’s best to stick to treated/more popular roads where the gritters have been. The quiet roads don’t always get the same treatment and are therefore more likely to be covered in snow and ice.
Avoid manhole covers, road paint and gutters. They’re slippery when wet so if the snow melts they’ll be slippery but even more so if they’re covered in ice. If the roads are covered in deep snow be particularly careful as they’ll be harder to see.
Switch Your Tyres
Switching your tyres to wider ones offer more traction in winter conditions giving you more control. Knobbly tyres and studded tyres are available but only useful in heavy snowfall.
Brake GentlyIn slippery conditions it’s best to try and avoid breaking altogether where possible. However, when braking is needed it’s best to gently apply just the back brake as the front brake is more likely to lose control.
Check The Forecast
Check the weather forecast before your ride to determine the safety, giving yourself enough time to make alternative arrangements if a bike is your main mode of transport. Although weather forecasts are not always accurate they will give you a good idea as to whether there will be a potential hazard on your chosen route, meaning you are better able to work out if it’s safe enough to cycle.
If the weather gets too bad and it becomes too dangerous to get out on your bike, it doesn’t mean your training has to suffer, you can always use an indoor bike to help keep you in top cycling form.