The days are short, the nights are long and the weather is rather on the chilly side. This can only mean one thing… winter is finally here! There’s an awful lot to love about this time of year, from incredible wintry skies and the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet to lovely evenings spent in front of roaring log fires with your nearest and dearest.
But for cyclists, winter can be a little on the treacherous side and it always pays to take extra precautions at this time of year so you can commute to work and back on two wheels safely and still have fun on the roads.
Here are some top tips from us here at commuter eBike brand Hurrecane to help make sure you and your bike make it through to spring in one piece.
Keep yourself dry
There’s nothing worse than arriving at the office soaking wet through to the bone but if you bike to work in winter this is likely to happen more than once, unless you invest in suitable cycling clothes and dress properly for the weather.
You don’t want anything too heavy as you’ll be drenched in sweat by the time you get to work, so look out for anything lightweight and breathable, but waterproof as well. Invest in some wind and waterproof socks so you can have nice dry feet as well – and it might be worth keeping a spare pair in your bag, just in case.
You should always make sure you can be seen by pedestrians and drivers when out on your bike but this is especially important at this time of year, since we have less daylight. Wear high-vis clothes when biking under the cover of darkness for your safety and that of other road users.
And always make sure you have lights on the front and rear of your bike. Don’t go for the cheapest option for bike lights – shelling out for a good quality set will be an investment that should last you years. Don’t wait until it’s dark to turn the lights on – the sooner you turn your lights on the better.
Make it fun
It can be hard to enjoy biking to work each day when you have to endure weeks and weeks of non-stop rain and freezing conditions. So make it fun by challenging yourself to set a personal best each day, or find alternative routes to take so you’re not biking the same way each day.
Investing in an eBike can also make your daily commute more entertaining, as you can easily listen to music with smart helmets that come with integrated speakers, set fitness goals, make phone calls and a whole lot more thanks to the Internet of Things connectivity you can enjoy with these bicycles.
Find more winter cycling tips on the Cyclist website now.