Friday, November 22, 2013

7 Steps to Winter Prep

Here Are 7 Key Adjustments To Make Your Winter Riding The Most Fun It Can Be

 (thanks to Global Cycling Network)

10 tips for winterproofing your bike:

1. Replace Tires

Old worn out tires are far more likely to puncture, especially in the winter months when rain or wind has brought more debris onto the roads, sidewalks, and trails.

There's not much worse than trying to replace a flat tire on the side of the road when it's cold and rainy.

If your budget allows, try to pick up some new tires for the winter season that are a bit wider and grippier to lessen your chances of getting puncture flat.
To even FURTHER reduce your chance of puncture, pick up a tire liner like :        .

2. Check Brake Pads

In gritty conditions, the pad can (and probably will) wear much faster than in great weather. Make sure to check them more regularly and replace if necessary.

3. Buy A Set Of Winter Wheels

Because of that same grit, the braking surface of your rim can see some extra damage too. Winter wheels are designed to be extra durable in this and other areas. It may be a good idea for you to pick up some wheels for this purpose.

4. Mount Fenders

Not only does it keep the spray and mud off of your face, hands, feet, and backside, it also protects your frame, your headset, and your drivetrain which will help these components to last longer.

5. Use Lights

Of course, it's important to use lights during the dark hours of all seasons. In winter months, however, it is a good idea to run some inexpensive lights at all times of the day, as it can quickly become dark and gloomy.

6. Replace Worn chains

Buy an inexpensive chain that you can replace more often, as the grime and debris from the road will get into the track and ruin your other drivetrain components faster.

7. Keep Moving Parts Greased and Lubed

Moving parts such as headset bearings, hubs, pedals, chain and bottom bracket. Not only will this be help your moving parts keep working properly, but it will also help prevent moisture from penetrating.

What else do YOU do to get ready for winter riding?

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