With the arrival of autumn, and the winter there at the door, many bicycles tend to lie in a corner, waiting for spring. But it does not have to be this way. Whether you use your bike for leisure, sports or in a utility context, as a means of transportation, you can continue pedaling even on cold or rainy days. With small adjustments to your usual equipment, you will see that it is a simple thing after all and that even in winter you do not need to take so many times in the car.
Just look at other cities in Europe, with climates much more wild than ours, to realize that the bicycle continues to be widely used there, even with rain, snow and ice. Our climate, fortunately, is quite mild even in winter and most of the days it does not rain, or it only rains in a few hours. And the truth is, with the right equipment, as a simple waterproof suit, we can continue to use the bicycle in many of our trips, with the usual comfort and arriving dry to our destination.
In the first place, it is advisable to have the bicycle properly tuned and lubricated. So if you have not done a general review of the bike, this is a good time. Consider also asking your mechanic to fit a mudguard and a chain guard if the bike does not have them. And maybe a crate for the luggage. It always gives way, to take the purchases and not only, and at this time it still gives more way because, even if it does not rain, we can take our waterproof suit in the event that it rains later.
It is good to remember that at this time all care is little. In case of bad visibility, do not hesitate to use the lights until daytime. This will help the other drivers to notice their presence among the wet and fogged windscreens. In addition to poor visibility, with brakes water does not respond as well. It is therefore appropriate to moderate speed, not to slip when bending or braking.
Let’s ride it?
For rain not to be a problem, simply wear a waterproof suit or poncho, which you can wear over your normal clothes. If your shoes are not waterproof, you’ll find waterproof shoe covers at bike shops that work wonders. Gloves, a collar or bandana and a hat or cap will definitely help overcome the cold.
Make sure you have all the required reflectors(white on the front, red on the back, and two orange on each wheel) and the lights on(white on the front, red on the back). At this time, days are shorter, there is less light and rain makes visibility difficult, so a good set of lights is essential.
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