It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you should put the bike aside. Follow our tips and you’ll be safe and prepared for the wintery weather:
Make sure you stand out! It’s darker for longer and that means it’s more dangerous for cyclists. It goes without saying that you need good front and back lights. Make sure you also check the batteries or cables. Reminder: a white light at the front, a red light at the back. Fluorescent clothing isn’t obligatory, but we certainly advise it.
Extend the life of your bike by regularly cleaning it. Rain and snow can leave filth stuck to the chain or other moving parts. It will stop your bike from working at its best.
Check your tyres to make sure they have good grip. Has it snowed? Is the road slippery? Make sure the tyres have a little less air in them for better grip. Did you know that winter tyres also exist for bikes? They reduce the braking distance and have better contact with the surface of the road or cycling path.
Electric bike? The battery of an electric bike will not last as long if it’s cold. Regularly charge it and do your best to keep it at room temperature.
Lower your saddle a little. Your centre of gravity will then be lower too and you’ll increase the stability of your bike.