Winter can be a freezing cold and unpleasantly dark time of year. If you’re cycling, you need to keep warm and visible. Have you heard about the three-layer system? We also have some tips.
- Lower your saddle
It’s best to lower your saddle on slippery roads. You will be more stable on the cycleand you can always put your feet on the ground if your start sliding.
- Wear three clothing layers
A heated, breathing baselayer keeps your upper body warm. You have freedom of movement on the cycle and you can also wear waterproof clothing over or thermals under it.
That's the best way to ensure you never get cold on the cycle.
- Keep your feet warm
Woollen socks keep your feet warm, but our heated long socks also cover your lower legs. It remains important to always warm up first, of course.
- Ride more slowly and don’t break abruptly
Road users are told to reduce their speed and that advice goes for cyclists, too. And in the event of icy surfaces, it’s better not to brake too hard.
- Wear proper headgear
There’s much more to winter cycle wear than a good pair of gloves and a warm jacket. Wearing a hat under your helmet is recommended to keep your head warm.
- Keep your cycle in good condition
Oil your chain occasionally and check the pressure of your tyres. Be sure not to pump it up too hard in winter. Lights are very important in winter, as it can get dark even during the day. Make sure you’re visible and check your brake blocks.