As those last days of autumn disappear, it is now more important than ever that cyclists prepare for winter with powerful bike lights. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s wet; but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. If you wear the right clothing and have a positive attitude, you can enjoy cycling right through to spring with ease. If you’re still not convinced, here are some tips to help you through the winter months;

Always use Bike Lights

If you take away one key piece of information from this post, it’s remembering those lights! Visibility is poor during the winter, not just in the evenings but during the day too. Your lights will illuminate the way and warn drivers and other cyclists of your presence. Our bike lights offer extreme power and protection this winter, so make sure you shop the range if you don’t have yours yet.

Wrap up Warm

As the saying goes ‘There is no such thing as bad weather,only the wrong clothes’. Make sure you get fully kitted out with the right clothing for your winter riding. Layer up to keep warm and invest in a waterproof jacket and some overshoes.

Check the Weather

Before any ride, check the weather forecast so you get a good idea about what you could be up against. Of course, the British weather is unpredictable but if you prepare with the right kit, you’ll tackle the rain and frost with no problem at all!

Ride with Friends

Riding with friends is much more fun than riding alone and at least you have someone to moan to when you ride through that puddle! Friends will also give you that extra motivation!

Fit Mudguards

Riding to work and back? Keep that dirt off by fitting front and rear mudguards. Mudguards help to protect your back and bum from the wet and spray thrown up from the road and also help to keep your bike cleaner.

Give your Bike Some TLC

Winter throws salt, mud and water at your bike, so you’re going to need to give it a good clean to keep it in good condition. Do this by using a brush and hot soapy water to scrub the bike and don’t forget to look after the chain by degreasing and lubricating it. Also make sure you check the brake pads and clean the tyres.

Adapt your Riding

It is likely you are going to get wet at some point this winter, but there are some simple things you can do to stay as dry as possible! Ride slowly and with caution, choose a smooth and safe line through the bends and avoid those deep puddles. When the temperatures drop, that rain will turn to snow or ice so make sure you stick to treated areas and go easy on the braking.

Set a Goal for 2013

Set yourself a challenge for 2013. If there’s a reason to get out there and ride, you’ll be far more likely to face those wintry conditions! Join a club or enter for a race or triathlon, set a date and train hard!