.citycycling

It might even be worth gluing the tyre to the wheel. Use strong tyre cement on one side of the wheel. Remember which side so you don’t have to fiddle around too much.

Don’t bother with snow chains. Terrible idea.

Use low temperature lubricants to make things easier for yourself. The strain put on bike bearings and such is pretty low, but you might as well use the lubricant that’s fit for the job. Remove any grease if the temperature is going to be really low, as that can give you a lot of grief.

.lights.being seen

Put as many lights on your bike as is sensible. Ideally, have two rear lights and two forward-facing lights. Have one rear light static, and the second flashing. At the front, make sure your lights are close together (otherwise people might think you’re just a car in the distance!) and adjust them so as not to irritate other road users. One of the benefits of having this much lighting is that if anything fails, you’ve still got a backup.

Don’t mount lights on your body. You move about and so do your clothes, especially if you’re wearing a few layers.

High visibility is snazzy and cheap. What’s not to like? Slip it on, close your eyes, and think of holidays. Imagine the best flights Tripbase have to offer. Then open your eyes and realise you look like a PCSO.

.clothes.keeping warm

Cycling in cold temperatures can give you frostbite. The wind chill on exposed parts of your skin is a big risk, so if you start to go numb remember that it could be a symptom of something more serious.

You’ve obviously got an emergency tool set with you (haven’t you?) but to make this more winter-friendly, wrap the metal handles in electrical masking tape or duct tape so you aren’t exposed to bare metal while doing roadside repairs.

You can buy “pogies”, which look fairly preposterous but give you the protection of a glove without the inconvenience. They’re attached to your handlebars like a pair of oversized mittens.

.fall.cycling safely

Pedal smoothly, brake smoothly, and turn smoothly. Sometimes going faster is going to be easier and safer than creeping along, because your bike doesn’t sink in to soft snow as far. Listen out for vehicles – it might not be clear where they’re coming from if the road markings are covered with snow. Keep an eye out for skid marks and holes in hedges – they could indicate a patch of black ice.

.dee a. mason

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