Winter is upon us and cold weather and shorter daylight hours can make getting on your bicycle seem a bit trickier. But with the right approach and some basic equipment, riding in winter can be fun - and incredibly rewarding. Here are some top tips to keep you pedalling through deepest, darkest December.
Wrap up warm (and dry!)
A windproof and waterproof jacket, overtrousers and gloves will keep your body and hands toasty. Multitubes help keep the cold air off your neck and ears and if you're riding a long distance and get cold feet, overshoes will keep the draught out.
Be safe, be seen
A good set of lights will help you to see and be seen and is essential for commuting through the shortest days of winter - Beryl laserlights ensure you stay visible even in blind spots and Torch offer really cool helmets with built in front and rear lights for 360 visibility. It's also a good idea to be as highly visible as possible to other road users. Proviz make amazing hi-viz gear. You can get some great hefty discounts for all of these brands when you register and log a ride for Winter Wheelers!
Give your bike some TLC
Book a service to make sure everything's working as it should (find your local bike shop here if you're logged into the site) and consider fitting some mudguards to prevent getting surface water and mud all over yourself and your fellow commuters.
The salt and water you kick up when riding in winter are bad for your bike, so it's a good idea to give it a clean as often as possible, with a degreaser to dislodge moisture and gunk from moving parts where necessary. Wet weather chain oil is also a good call to keep you running smoothly through nasty weather. We've teamed up with Muc-Off to help you keep your bike in great condition this winter. We'll be giving away cleaning kits which include the most essential items right through to expert valeting!
If you're well prepared, riding into work on a crisp winter morning or battling through rain and cold on the way home can be invigorating, exciting and rewarding. Plus you'll reap all the brilliant benefits of biking right through the winter and arrive in spring feeling fitter and healthier than ever!
Finally, bag yourself some amazing winter riding gear - or even a $643 or £964 local bike shop voucher - by logging your trips with Love to Ride! We're running a Winter Wheelers holiday Calendar, with great prizes being given away every day from December 1 up to and including Christmas Day.