How to Prepare for a Winter Bike Ride In the City

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You may love to ride comfort bikes for men around your city as a way to clear your head and get some exercise regularly, but when the weather starts to turn cold, that bike ride might require a little more preparation than usual. Even if you’ve already got a wind-breaker jacket and can carry cold-weather supplies in bike baskets for cruisers, the unpredictability of winter weather means you might want to take additional steps just in case. Fortunately, this preparation isn’t as complicated as it might sound. Take a look at the different ways you can prepare for your winter bike ride through the city.

Clean Your Bike Before and After Every Run
One of the downsides to riding when the weather is less than perfect is that all sorts of wintry slush can get on your bicycle, potentially making it more slick and harming traction. Be sure to thoroughly clean your comfort bike before and after every ride to get rid of this buildup, whether through a full rinse or just through very careful wiping.

Dress Very Warmly, With Multiple Layers and Insulating Materials
For most bikes, the name of the game year-round is to wear lightweight, breathable materials so that your sweat doesn’t get trapped inside your clothes. In very cold weather, however, this rule has to adapt a bit. Rather than wearing thin clothes that could leave you feeling uncomfortable, chilly and, in extreme cases, even at risk of frostbite, dress very warmly, with specially designed clothes to help keep you insulated. It may also be helpful to dress in layers, so you can take one off if indeed the outfit proves to be keeping you a little too warm. A good rule of thumb is to dress warmly enough that there’s a slight chill when you start your ride, so you can heat up without getting uncomfortable. Some items to add to your winter biking wardrobe can include:
• A base layer made of pleasant materials like polyester or spandex
• Gloves with special grips on them so you can hold on to the bike handles
• A well-fitting hat or some other coverage for your head and ears
• Jackets or other outerwear, preferably waterproof in case it snows while you’re out.

Check Whether Your Tires Are Appropriate for the Weather
You don’t necessarily have to change your bike’s tires for the weather, but it’s well worth it to take extra safety precautions and check out whether your current tires are safe for the weather or would present some danger. For slick conditions, wider tires and studded tires are generally safer options.

Riding bicycles has a plethora of mental health benefits and physical fitness advantages, so it’s well worth continuing with this hobby even when the temperatures steadily start to drop. However, if it’s cold, slick and snowy outside, you may want to take extra safety measures to prepare. By following these steps, you can still enjoy a relaxing and thoroughly rejuvenating ride through the city in frosty, wintry weather.

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