Top Tips for Cycling in Winter!

Top tips for Cycling in Winter

Personal trainer, Tracy Griffen, provides some tips for us when braving the cold on our bikes!

It’s a good idea to start your training early, however cycling in a British winter can be rather off-putting. Have no fear, here are some pointers for long bike rides in the cool weather:

  • Check the weather forecast, especially noting wind speed and direction. It’s good to be prepared.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, and carry a phone with you.

  • Layer up. Neoprene cycle-specific bib tights keep the wind out, however you can layer normal ‘active wear’. I like a merino base layer when it’s very chilly. Wear tops with zips for ventilation as required.
  • Ensure you have adequate batteries in your lights.
  • If you get chapped skin, try a greasy barrier cream on your face, and pop some lip balm in your pocket (men too!).
  • Glasses (spectacles or sports glasses) can prevent your eyes from streaming in the cold.
  • You may wish to use fatter tyres with more grip in icy conditions. Also let out some of the air in your tyres so they are squishier.
  • Remember to eat well before cycling, you will need extra energy in cold conditions.
  • Carry both slow burning (i.e. oatcakes, nuts / seeds) and fast-release (dried fruit, carb gels) snacks, perhaps more than you would for a summer jaunt.
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