How to Prepare for Winter Cycling

WINTER CYCLING When the temperature drops below + 5° many are storing cycle. It’s not necessary. If you provide autumn and winter a chance, you will experience new aspects of cycling that motivates you more than you think. Read hints and tips below on how to open it. It’s obviously not as comfortable to ride in the rain on a cold day. I do not think that either. But I like to be out when the landscape is filled with naked trees and the leaves lying on the rocks. That you also meet fewer people and can really “find herself” after a stressful day or week, making the whole bike experience perfect. As I write this is the winter around the corner, and I am delighted for the months to come. Not that I like to freeze on your toes, but there are so many pages of November, December and January, which seems forgotten or undiscovered by many cyclists. When the trees naked and shrubs wither, open paths, greater visibility and the speed can increase. Moreover, we have a transitional period before the cold sets in which the paths are soft and fine. It makes so clear demands on tires than we have been accustomed to the summer, but all need a set of studded tires. When night frosts, the landscape becomes hard. The former sumphål and swamps becomes hard and passable by bicycle. Rocks and roots are no longer so slippery so you get a much better flow in cycling. In fact, you almost can produce semislicksen again.

MAINTENANCE What is important is to look after himself and his bike. When I think of personal care. Dress for the conditions. Make sure you have a functional underwear and build with layers of fleece if it is cold to waterproof and wind-insulating outer garments. You will also need something for your head and shoes. For you still need a helmet and bike shoes. In addition to the above the coating you need warmer, but soft gloves so that you can manage the brakes and gears in a safe and satisfactory manner. You must have a thinner hat that goes under the helmet and over the ears, in the end you need overshoes. Shoe, you get hold of almost everywhere. They come in all sizes and in many models. We have good experience with the cover of heavy neoprene with a sturdy rubber sole. Buy happy to cover a number larger than you normally had used. Then wear it just as quickly. Shoe covers are namely a consumable. Bikes you much can you expect to use up a couple covering the next few months. When it comes to your bike, it shall be kept clean. Even if you do not clean the bike after each ride, it is important that the tires are completely clean. If you let the bike with dry dirt on the tires you will destroy them pretty quickly.

4 suggestions for winter’s chilly days:

Snow

Is it yet another reason to set aside the bike in the winter, with snowfall and snow-covered paths? It’s cold, it’s harder to ride, and many think it fits better with skis in winter. But the undersigned have cycled every winter the last ten years, and will continue to do so. The tours are perhaps no more than 60-90 minutes long, but it’s better than sitting at home on a roll or together with 20 others on spinning, you ask me anyway …

For a mountain biker, it is important to learn when you can bike in the woods in winter. It is also important to know their area. Personally, I have had some of my best bike rides on an icy, blue, winter day. There is more to me who have had similar experiences. The transition period when the snow is tricky. If the first snowfall does not provide more than a few centimeters of snow, one can certainly ride. But remember that it snows more since.

A few weeks after the snow has settled, the winter season begins in full swing. It is about choosing paths and forest roads used much for walking and skiing. The best days are those with cold degrees after a mild day or two. On mild days the snow pulled together, and when it gets late freeze in the crust tough. It is highly recommended to try a bike tour of 2-3 degrees below zero!

If you decide to ride in the winter, you will experience some tough choices: Should you take regular tires or studded tires? Personally, I use studded tires on 20% of trips in the winter.Studded tires are used only if it is icy, otherwise I use tires with rough pattern that happy is extra hard. Here you have different types of studded tires out:

Clothing

We will not hold any talks about the clothes, but it may be helpful to consider the following:

-Use layers principle. This means that it is better to three thin coats than two thicker. That way you can adjust the insulation because the ride unfolds. A thinner garments may also lighter in your pocket or backpack.

-Avoid cotton innermost garment. The reason is that cotton sucks up sweat and secures it. If you must stay in cold weather with a wet cotton shirt, you will surely begin to freeze almost instantly. You need a thin garment that transports sweat to a clothing garment further out.The less liquid the innermost garment absorbs, the better.

-Use a light and airy garments, such as a thin fleece, which between garments. It is important that the garment is not adhered to the body. Air bearings are what give heat and insulate from the cold.

-Outer garments must be selected on the basis of temperature and weather. If it’s humid outside, it is practical with waterproof garments etc. A waterproof trousers can be useful in almost any conditions. At lower temperatures, the water splashes from the rear tire cool down the buttocks and lower back. Also make sure that the pants you use has good space for the knees.

-If it’s dry and cold but not waterproof garments to be the best choice. Then you have a much greater need for protection against the wind, while the garment to breathe. A windproof vest can be a very good solution. Or fleece with Windstopper. A thin windbreaker can of course also do a good job, but make sure you do not choose too small a garment. You should be able to stretch over the cycle and still has great room for the arms. It is important not to garment slips on the back when you are over the cycle and in addition, it should not flutter so much in speed.

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Effective freezing
It is no joke to ride in the winter, especially if you like speed. Although it is zero degrees in the air, it is not certain that it is the same temperature while you ride. Take a look at the chart below, and dress up for it. Note that this table does not anticipate any headwinds, increasing the cold more.
The table shows the effective freezing temperatures at different speeds and outdoor temperatures:

Speed Outdoor temp 0 degrees Outdoor temp ÷ 5 degrees Outdoor temp ÷ 10 degrees Outdoor temp ÷ 15 degrees Outdoor temp ÷ 20 degrees
10 km / t ÷2 ÷7 ÷12 ÷17 ÷22
20 km / t ÷7 ÷13 ÷19 ÷25 ÷31
30 km / t ÷11 ÷17 ÷24 ÷31 ÷37
40 km / t ÷13 ÷20 ÷27 ÷34 ÷41
50 km / t ÷15 ÷22 ÷29 ÷36 ÷44

What to Choose-Cycling Shoes Or Regular Shoes?
This question is quite important. Do you have any experience of winter cycling, you know that your toes happy freezes faster than water if you use SPD shoes and pedals. For many, the option to mount the platform pedals on the bike, and use thick, sturdy winter shoes when there is snow and cold.
The undersigned has not the latter been an option. There are a lot of bike technology to make. In winter, a so-called “round draw” even more important than usual. Then one is dependent on being able to pull the pedals with around while pedaling. To avoid freezing too much on your toes, I have instead chosen somewhat shorter distances. In the winter, I am generally satisfied with training rides in the woods and fields of between 1 to 1½ hours – with thin wool socks and bike shoes with slipcovers.