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Surviving the winter

Are you prepared for this kind of riding?

As weather forecasters today warn of possible snow fall and temperatures likely to drop well below average, are you prepared?

We’re not talking about stocking your cupboards with tinned food or fitting snow tyres to your car, we’re thinking about how you’re going to continue riding through this cold snap.

Over the years there’s been many articles on Bikemagic so we decided to delve into the big old archive and bring to your attention those articles intended to help guide you through the cold months.

First up, clothing. Get your clothing sorted and you’ll be able to sail right on through this cold snap with no worries at all. In this guide the important bases are covered, making sure you know just how to dress for the winter.

For some people, riding the bike isn’t an attractive option at this time of year, and they look to other sports. Running, working out in the gym, swimming, are all good ways of keeping fit over the winter months. Some call it cross-training, and here’s a guide to getting started.

Get indoors. If the thought of running is enough to fill you with dread how about cycling indoors? No, we don’t mean on a static trainer, but on the track. Velodromes and track riding are an ideal way of turning the pedals in the relative comfort of the confines of a indoor track, safe from the rain and snow.

We’re keen to prove that buying a winter jacket, an essential ingredient in you battle against the cold, needn’t cost a small fortune. In this top six, we’ve set our maximum price limit at £100 and brought to your attention six of the best options.

If you do attempt to ride through the worst conditions, it’s likely the trails will either be a muddy affair or covered in snow. If it’s the former, than you’ll need some good mud tyres, and we’ve rounded up six of the best here.

Buying new kit isn’t always the answer, as this four part winter riding technique series proves to demonstrate. Just thinking a little about how you approach different trail situations, and taking onboard these tips will see you right this winter.

Winter boots are a godsend at this time of year, and latest are these impressive Gore Tex boots from Sidi, the Diablo Gore winter boots.

If night time riding is your bag, then you’ll need some decent lights. There’s been an explosion in the technology in recent years with the result being that high-powered lights are now more affordable than ever before. Here’s a round-up of our favourites.  

Lastly, if your local trails do become covered in snow this weekend, and who knows, it could happen, you’ll do worse than have a read of this article about snowbiking.


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