You might remember part 1 of this series, which you can find here. In that part, we talked about making sure your bike is ready. In this part, we’ll be discussing how you can prepare your body for those cold, morning rides.
We’ll try and provide links to where we sell some things that might help for each list item. If there are any gaps, take a look at our store.
The first step to an enjoyable winter of training is to make sure that you’re dressed properly. It’s important to stock up on cycling-specific clothing as they are designed to be used while riding. Using other clothing could lead to an uncomfortable and clammy feeling while you’re training.
In our opinion, the most important items of clothing you should get are a good pair of winter cycling gloves and some overshoes. More often than not, your extremities will be the first part of your body to get cold, so they’re the most important to protect. Also, numb hands can, obviously, cause big problems when riding!
If you’re looking to stock up this winter, pop in-store or take a look at the clothing options we have online.
Being motivated to get out and train when it’s freezing cold outside isn’t easy. It can be really tough to persuade yourself that it’s worth it and, as we all know, once you’ve skipped one training session, it becomes much easier to justify skipping another! We then spend the entirety of spring lamenting our winter laziness.
Luckily, there’s a way to avoid this: give yourself a goal. Before winter comes around, draw up a training plan and decide on a target. This could be to improve your time on your favourite route or knock a few minutes off your 15-mile time. Whatever the goal, stick to your plan and make yourself accountable. Reward yourself for getting out for that Sunday morning ride in the cold.
Once you’ve got a target and a plan, you’ll find yourself far more eager to get out and smash that training ride!
As any experienced cyclist will know, winter brings about some tricky road conditions. Due to the weather, materials like thorns, glass, or sharp rocks have a habit of gravitating towards the road. There’s a higher chance of getting a puncture in the winter, and you need to be prepared for this. Nobody wants to get 15 miles into their ride, get a puncture and have no way to fix it!
Whilst it can be easy to shrug off the need for spare tubes and a pump during the summer months, you can’t afford to do that in the winter. Bring a pump with you and make sure that you have a spare wheel tube or two. It really could save you a lot of heartache on a cold, Sunday morning.