Winter is Coming

With cold weather on the way and the dark nights closing in it is time to start thinking about pulling the winter bikes out for the corner and checking all is still in good working order.

Visibility is now key so lights are very important coming into this time of year, not only at night time but those dull dark days when visibility is poor, our friends at see sense supply us with the very best front and rear lights on the market.

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Another very important factor to consider is fitting mudguards to your bike. Mudguards will keep you dry when the roads are wet reducing the amount of spray from your wheels, also on club rides they stop the road spray from hitting your club mate behind you, we recommend full length options with a rear flap this will ensure no spray being flicked up.

Kinesis Racelight T2 winter bike (Pic: George Scott/Factory Media)

Below are some tips for safe winter riding.

1. Ensure bike is well maintained, (mud guards fitted during group rides).  Lights working.

2. Fit winter tyres. More grip,disperse water better, more puncture resistant.

3. Ensure appropriately dressed to protect yourself from the elements (cold and wet).

4. If possible delay your ride to allow every possible chance of a light thaw.

5. Stay out from the verge, were roads are less likely to be treated.

6. Stay off secondary roads.

7. Remain vigil for changing road conditions, due to shade.

8. Ensure you have working lights available on all rides in case of freezing fog.

9. Be aware of traffic congestion behind.

10. Stay off the roads in snow.

Sometimes conditions are so bad that you will be unable to take your bike out, in that case, training can very easily be continued using Turbo Trainer’s, Rollers, Smart Trainer’s, Spinning Studio’s and or replaced or supplemented with Gym training.

For those new to the turbo training side of cycling Chain Reaction Cycles have put together a buying guide, it can be found on the following link www.chainreactioncycles.com

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