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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER


WINTER CYCLING SURVIVAL GUIDE 10 tips to keep you riding through the dark...


The onset of winter shouldn't stop you cycling if you are fully prepared for the weather and riding conditions. Let us help you out with some winter riding tips.


10 key points to consider when facing a winter of cycling - PART 1.


1. CLOTHING: The most obvious and arguably important factor in winter weather riding is of course, clothing. The right windproof, thermal and waterproof gear can keep you dry and warm on rides so that you barely notice how cold it is. There’s a temptation to throw on thick fleeces and waterproofs to stave off the cold but you also have to consider that they will make you sweat, even when the temperature is nudging zero. Sweat can accumulate under your clothes to make you feel wet, cold and clammy. Use cycle-specific clothing as those for other sports may not have the correct fit for your position when riding, or the correct properties to keep you moisture-free. Good quality winter


/ windproof gloves and overshoes will keep your extremities warm – these are the most susceptible areas to getting cold first. Not sure whether you have enough or too many clothes on? Then go outside before your ride and see how it feels. Remember, that the effort of riding will warm you up a bit. Clear or lightly-tinted glasses are a good idea to keep spray and grit out of your eyes.


2. LIGHTS: More and more riders are using lights all year round in daylight as a way of highlighting their presence to other road users. In winter, this is arguably more important as it can get very gloomy on overcast winter days when the sun is at its weakest. Small, light and very bright rechargeable LED lights are now common and won’t break the bank. Having lights with you at all times also relieves the worry that you will get caught in the dark during shorter days. Make sure that your lights are charged, or carry some spare batteries before every ride.


3. MUDGUARDS: As any cycling club member knows, mudguards are a must in the winter. The spray and grunge kicked up as you ride along can land directly on your face, water bottle, up your back and soak your backside in a highly uncomfortable way. Anyone who has ever tried to ride directly behind someone who doesn’t have mudguards in the wet will know exactly how much water is sprayed up by a rotating bike tyre.


4. TYRES: Most cycle manufacturers fit good quality tyres but not always well-suited to British winter riding conditions. We’d opt for tyres that offer a degree of puncture protection and are harder wearing. Specialised all condition tyres are a perennial favourite for winter riding but many other tyre manufacturers offer similar models. They don’t stop all punctures but every little helps.


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