Everyone knows that when winter rolls around, it is hard to stay motivated. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, those dark mornings and nights make it hard to see the light at the end of the winter tunnel. However, there are definitely some ways to make your experience more enjoyable. Keep reading for some helpful tips to help get you up and out onto those winter roads whilst experiencing minimal discomfort.
One of the best things you can do is to keep as warm as possible. This means dressing in layers, and keeping your extremities covered! You need to be thinking of gloves, thermal socks, shoe covers, skull cap, base lasers, leg warmers and arm warmers, as well as a gilet. It is also a great idea to wear a lightweight, breathable outer jacket that is both water and wind resistant. This will help to keep your skin dryer and ultimately warmer. Layering with lightweight clothing is a great option as it is easy to delayer and store these items in your pockets once you start to warm up.
With the sun rising later and setting earlier during the winter months, it is highly likely you will be riding in the dark for the majority of the winter period. This means that lights will become an essential part of your everyday cycle routine. Getting a high voltage front light is a great place to start. This will allow you to see the road ahead of you, and other riders and drivers on the road can see you coming. You will also need to have a red rear light for the back of your bike to ensure other riders and drivers coming up behind you can see you on the roads as well. It is a great idea to have two sets of lights and make sure one set is charged at all times. This prevents the inconvenience of wanting to go for an early morning ride only to find out your lights aren't charged. Another great way to increase your visibility on the road is to wear bright, high-visibility gear so it is easy for others to spot you out on the road.
Prepare your bike
Winter riding conditions can prove to be tough on your bike. It is super important to stay on top of your cleaning and maintenance schedule to ensure your bike is muck free and ready for a smooth ride. Another great tip is to get a new set of tyres before the winter season to ensure maximum grip. Regularly monitor your bike and check to see all components are in good working order. By keeping on top of your bikes maintenance you can minimise the number of mechanical mishaps you may encounter when out riding.
During the colder months it can be easy to forget that the sun can cause damage to your skin if not properly protected. Be sure to continue to apply sunscreen before your ride (and re-apply during if it is a long one) even if you think you don't need it. Consuming water during a winter ride is also something that can easily fall by the wayside. However, drinking enough water is just as important in winter as it is in summer. Keeping on top of your hydration can assist with a more comfortable ride, and aids in the longevity of your health.