5 Tips for Riding Your Bike This Winter
1. Have Waterproof Gear
Always carry waterproof pants, a rain jacket and rain boots, if possible. Don’t get caught in unexpected rain. Even having a folded-up rain poncho in your backpack will help immensely.
2. It’s All About the Brakes
Learn to adjust your own brakes or take it to the bike shop and have someone do it for you. Either way, get it done. Make sure your brake pads are clean from leaves or mud. And remember to brake more on the rear wheel, and do it slowly to prevent spinouts. Give yourself twice the amount of time to come to a stop as you would in the summer.
3. Light it Up
Wear reflective gear wherever and whenever possible to make yourself visible to motorists during low light, bad weather and dark night riding conditions.
4. Don’t Forget Your Fingers and Toes
If you keep your extremities and your dome nice and toasty with gloves, an under-the-helmet beanie and good socks, your whole body will feel nice and toasty too.
5. Safety First
Motorists are less aware of bikers in the winter, especially if it’s raining. Ride defensively and be sure to make eye contact with drivers.