In winter, your bicycle will need a special maintenance. To ensure a good handling and optimum performance, so be sure to perform a full review of your mount and some routine checks during that period.
Think for example acquire mountain tires or studded
tires, perfect for handling and to roll in the snow. Enjoy a better grip plus they will withstand the lowest temperatures (-30 °).
Also plan deicing fluid for your bicycle, its parts and
accessories without forgetting the lubricants that will help you avoid many unpleasant surprises. This particular reduce the risk of frost or rust.
Surprising, yet! In winter, better to leave your bike outside when you go or return from work. This will protect indeed thermal shock due to sudden changes in temperature. Being subjected to these temperature contrasts some components of your bike or mechanisms could indeed expand and therefore no longer function properly.
So remember to protect it, particularly at the transmission, with a protective cover. At home, so have the reflex to leave your bike in the garage for example.
In winter the weather is wet. So why not get yourself a mud guard against mud splashing water, or snow. They also protect bikes and preventing it from rusting or freeze because of the accumulation of water or snow.
Once your bike safe, we must do the same for you! Gloves, scarves and hats are therefore required. Opt for windproof clothing breathable, waterproof and easy to dry. Also prefer clothing with a good level of thermal insulation and goggles to protect your eyes from the effects of cold and wind while riding.
Before each winter, audits are necessary. First the brakes, especially if your journey through icy roads, so make sure they are working properly by small braking tests. And of course on the road, always exercise caution and vigilance.
In terms of lighting, do the same and make sure all your lights are working. Remember to change the batteries if necessary. On the road in rain, fog or snow storm, your visibility will be in effect guarantee of security for you but also to other road users. Also do not forget to lubricate regularly your bicycle chain to ensure proper operation especially when temperatures are low.
Before you start pedaling, remember to warm up. Also check the pressure of tires knowing that if you need to drive on snow, you will reduce the pressure to increase the contact surface. However, careful not to fall below the minimum pressure indicated on the sidewall of your tire.
Once on the road, do not speed and adopt safe driving. Tell yourself using of reflective accessories. And avoid driving in the wake left by cars; this area is even more dangerous. By following these tips, you’ll find it as enjoyable to ride in winter as in summer!