Tips for Cycling in Inclement Weather
By: Bryan Mac Murray
Commuting via bicycle can be a year-round sport, even if you live in an area where the winter is less than pleasant November through February. Cycling does have its advantages to driving in the winter: you’ll be able to avoid winter traffic, not worry about parking in plow zones, and as always you’ll save on gas. Unfortunately, there are some hazards that pop up when cycling in the winter. Here are some top tips for staying safe when commuting in colder months.
Use an Old Bike
Fat bikes are certainly fun, but they’ll set you back at least $1,500, with many models costing $3,000. If you’re really looking to get from Point A to B, consider just using an old mountain bike in the winter. Winter travel is definitely hard on your bike, so utilizing a mountain bike you no longer ride not only saves your best bicycle for better months, but also saves thousands from purchasing another. Just be sure to clean your bike after a ride through the snow!
If you don’t want to take the time to wash off your bike after riding in the snow, store it in a garage or somewhere cold so additional ice won’t build up once you take it out again. Even if your bike isn’t that dirty, you may still want to store your bike somewhere cold to avoid water condensing on your bike, which can promote rust.
Speaking of clean, cycling in snow tends to kick back a bunch of slush onto yourself, your bike, and anyone traveling behind you. Moisture can cause hypothermia (not to mention ruined clothes), so splashes from slush is certainly something to [...]