Three Tips for Cycling During the Winter

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Greg Gullberg, an experienced journalist, enjoys leading a healthy and active lifestyle. When he is not conducting research for a story, Greg Gullberg enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking and cycling.

Cycling is a great way for individuals to stay in shape and explore new areas at the same time. However, some dedicated cyclists may find it challenging to continue their cycling activities during the winter months. In some cases, riding during the winter is simply not possible. However, there are a few tips and tricks cyclists can keep in mind in order to optimize their winter riding experiences.

The first and most obvious tip for winter cyclists is to monitor both road and weather conditions. In some major cities, the plowing of bike trails and walking paths after a storm is prioritized right alongside plowing the streets, while main roads are often left untouched after a light snow due to the application of salt and sand. That said, a well plowed bike path can quickly turn hazardous if a cyclist chooses to go riding in the moments right before another snowstorm.

Cyclists are also advised to ride with complete control of their bikes, a tip that is applicable year round. A clear road may suddenly become slick with slush or ice, at which point riders should slow down and be prepared to take their feet off the pedals to steady themselves. Brakes should only be applied to rear wheels, as front brakes may lock the wheel and lead to a fall.

Finally, cyclists should remain highly aware of other riders and motorists. Drivers must focus more attention on the road when conditions are dangerous, increasing the chances of a nearby cyclist being overlooked. These same conditions may also make it difficult to brake or redirect a car in order to avoid a cyclist, so it is best for cyclists to stay clear of cars and other bikes whenever possible.