Correct information about bike Tyres (Tires) when its icy
Tyres for winter cycling
Choose tyres designed for winter riding
Choose puncture proof tyres that are not too rigid other wise they wont grip the road or make cornering much harder.
Fat tyres will give you extra grip = extra resistance great for improving your winter fitness.
Stud bike tyres can be used for snow and ice
Never ride on the road with tyres you have used for turbo training (especially if they are smooth because they wont grip and can cause you to slip off even in good conditions)
If you have the gear and the idea then cycling when temperatures plummet to sub zero is not a problem
Choose the right route.
Avoid technical sections or ride according to the conditions.
Careful when approaching area that are in the shade and still are slippery and icy
Ignore your Strava Personal best or other cyclists who are go for the winter win. Stay up right and live to fight another day.
Ride on roads that get the first suns rays. The surface is usually safer and will have less black ice.
When riding on the right hand side of the road (USA) or cycling on the left hand side (UK) you need to consider which part of the road gets the first sun rays.
Country lanes with hedges = The sun rises from the west so expect the sun rays to warm the opposite side of the road (the right hand side)
Cycling in the UK (Riding on the left) ride south during your out bound journey and when the sun has risen it should have melted ice on your homeward return journey
Cycling in the USA & Europe (Ride on the right) ride north during your out bound journey and when the sun has risen it should have melted ice on the opposite side on your homeward return journey
Take Care out Cycling
Brake using only the back brake or feather the front brake
Ride steady sudden movement braking cornering is when accidents are more likely to happen
Have a winter bike do not use your most expensive bike – Salt Sand Grit Mud will all start destroying your bike (Gears working Moving parts) long before your first event of the season.
Slow down and ride to the conditions
Brake slowly and before you need to
Stay loose avoid being tense
Don't brake it you feel yourself sliding or slipping
If you are going to fall try and slide (if safe to do so) avoid putting your hand out can brake your wrist fingers or collar bone
Keep your winter bike in a cool dry place. A room temperature bike can cause ice to form on the brakes and gears once you take your bike outside
A clean correctly lubricated chain (cleaned sprayed and excess oil removed) will avoid grit salt collecting on excess oil & destroying it in just one ride
Consider a single speed bike which is easy to clean and low maintenance, this is not the same a as “Fixie” has fewer parts and less likely to freeze up !
Upright Bikes can take wider winter tyres
Mark has been training for the last 35 winters to prepare for the next season
He is a qualified full time coach and has been helping others achieve their full potential
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Mark has cycled more than 179,000 miles during the last 35 years to commute to work, compete in road races time trials and cycle sportive & cycle for fitness and pleasure in more than 15 countries