The winter months are quickly approaching which may seem a daunting thing for any cyclists out there, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We thought we’d put together a guide to help you on the roads when the cold comes knocking. Below we’ve highlighted what we believe important, so you can remain safe on the roads and keep the cycling going even when the weather turns tough.
Yes, this is the obvious one and illegal if not fitted but it’s essentially to vocalise the importance of lighting especially in the winter months. The issue is not resolved with simply equipping the bike with lights as one must ensure the lights are powerful especially with the worsening weather. On our MARK 2 X-Cross, the lights are integrated, running off the built-in battery allowing for safety during the commute. However, those riding standard bikes must check the batteries on a regular basis just in case it cuts out mid-ride which is not ideal with the days getting shorter.
MARK 2 X-Cross rear light
It may not be the most attractive clothing in your wardrobe, but it can certainly save your life. Reflective clothing is an imperative in the winter months with a variety of options being available. At first glance it may seem an expensive solution but there are good quality garments on sale for reasonable prices and remember most can keep you visible and warm which is reason enough. Lights and Hi-Viz are an effective combination when setting out on the road, keeping you visible even in harsh weather.
Most cyclist will understand the effectiveness of the mudguard when navigating the muddy terrain of winter. It can be especially helpful on the morning commute seeing as the spray can easily soak clothing or, on a very bad day, head straight into the face. Most people endeavour to arrive at work in an orderly manner, so the addition of a mudguard could do a lot for the morning appearance.
The weather has changed and so should your approach to cycling. You will be facing different conditions which require more attention and therefore, it is important to be prepared. Those making the regular commute are most likely extremely confident in their route and feel the need to race through certain parts. However, the arrival of rain, wind and other elements creates potential hazards so reconsidering the route is an idea. Allow more time to get to your destination as there will be areas where slowing down will be essential, though frustrating, it ensures a safe ride. Furthermore, other cyclists may not be taking similar care when cycling in winter months, so bear this mind when approaching the roads.
The weather accompanying the winter months should not deter anyone from cycling as there some simple steps that can be taken to guarantee safety. Look out for yourselves and each other!