Riding through the winter can often be a turn-off for many cyclists but there are plenty of reasons you shouldn't let it deter you, especially if you make the right clothing choices. However rain, wind, snow, ice and salted roads can be extremely tough on your bike. These next few steps are designed to help maintain your bike in top condition throughout the harsh conditions.
We've all experienced rides where frozen hands or fingers have been the main feature of the spin. While they can make your spin miserable, they can also inhibit your ability to shift gears, brake or grip your bars. Not only can they affect your performance, but your safety also. When its cold, your body's core temperature can start to drop. This leads to your blood vessels in extremities (hands/feet) to constrict in an effort to divert warming blood back to your core. Combine this reduced blood flow with the wind chill your forward speed is creating, the exposed position of your hands on the bars and it’s no wonder your fingers can easily become icicles.
Cold feet can turn any cycle into a miserable slog. Your feet get cold for a number of reasons. When your core temperature drops, your body diverts warming blood flow away from your extremities and to warm your core. Stiff soled cycling shoes attached to metal pedals also act as heat sinks, effectively draining warmth from your feet. They’re also right in the firing line of spray off the road, meaning you could be in for a cold and wet ride.
When it comes to ringing in the new year, it always seems to be the time people set themselves either goals, challenges or resolutions for the year ahead. If you fall into this category and have set yourself a challenge on the bike, this blog piece may be helpful to you. We’ve decided to map out what it could look like for someone looking to attack the challenge of couch to 50KM.