Winter Riding Hacks
Stop getting cold hands and feet
Apply a small amount of embrocation balm or Deep Heat-style cream to your toes and upper foot. Embrocation and Deep Heat mildy irritate the skin, causing blood vessels to dilate, bringing more blood to an area.
Take cues from double glazing. It is proven that double and triple glazing insulates your home much better than a single pane.
Choose a mid-weight sock that will allow you to wiggle your toes. Don’t cut off the circulation by choosing an ultra-thick sock. Opt for a midweight merino sock and add a toe cover before pulling on a winter bootie.
Apply Water Repellent Outdoor Fabric Protector to the back of your tights at the knees, shins, and across the lower back. Don't forget to spray your arm and knee warmers. It won't make the garment totally waterproof, but it will delay water from soaking into the material.
Ditch the brain freeze
Protect your components
Keep spare oil in an old sushi soy sauce bottle. If there is an unexpected downpour and your chain starts squealing, add a few emergency drops to make the rest of your ride more bearable.
Switch your chain oil. Chain oil fills the gaps in the chain links and keeps out dirt and grime. But wet weather and road spray wash off chain oil, allowing dirt and grit yo get into your moving parts, causing wear and that crunchy pedalling feeling.
Chain oil formulated for wet weather is harder to wash off. Clean your chain first. Use a degreaser and chain cleaning device, then apply the wet oil. We recommend Fenwick's Chain Sponge and Fenwick's Wet Weather Chain Lube.
Switch to wider tyres. If you can fit wider tyres on your bike, go up a size. They
- Tags: Feature Stories