There’s no reason why you have to stop cycling in the winter; as long as you have the right gear and a good set of bicycle lights, you can get out there and still enjoy all the same health, fitness and financial benefits. While the weather is miserable and very cold, some of the best riding can be enjoyed in the UK; national parks and beautiful forests are transformed intro frosty landscapes, providing the perfect backdrop for a leisurely cycle. The days can often be dull and as the evenings set in earlier it is advised that you take your bicycle lights with you on every ride. This is important so you can see where you are going and for other road users to see you of course. Your safety is paramount and you can help everyone else stay safe when you choose to light up.

Riding in Wet and Windy Weather

First thing’s first, dress for the weather. If you know it’s going to be raining when you head out or it is expected, take a waterproof cycling jacket with you. There are many different forms of clothing available for cyclists who wish to carry on riding in the winter so make sure you get kitted out first. You can also buy clothing that helps to protect you from that harsh wind.

When cycling in wet weather, make sure you ride carefully. It’s going to take longer for you to stop when your brake so take this into account. Road markings can be slippery and drain and manhole covers can too so take care when passing these. Rain can also make it difficult to see ahead so make sure you switch on those bicycle lights. If it’s wind you’re up against, try to avoid cycling on your own; riding in a group will use less of your energy, and it’s much more fun. If you do ride alone, bend down closer to the bar, stay in the middle of the road and take a tight grip around the bar so you have more control.

Cycling in Icy Conditions

Even the sunniest crisp winter days can be deceiving. Winter brings that dreaded black ice that can catch anyone out so it is essential for cyclists to be fully prepared and ride very carefully. Pick your route wisely; stick to those areas that have been treated and try to avoid those routes that you know are risky. Be cautious and take your time, don’t brake hard or suddenly. If you are cycling early in the morning or in the evening, you should be using your bicycle lights to illuminate the way. They will help to warn you of any obstacles up ahead and warn other drivers of your presence.