Winter Biking Tips
Brave enough to venture out in the cold, slush, sleet and snow? Be safe, be smart!! Don't leave home without knowing these basic winter biking tips.
When wet, brake pads grip aluminum rims better than they do steel.
Fat tires have better traction. Tires less than 1 1/4-inch wide work better on wet streets when under-inflated. Use tires with a deep tread pattern.
With lots of winter riding, occasionally wipe your frame, rims, spokes and derailleur, and lube your chain. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach parts.
They beat almost anything to keep you dry on wet pavement. The newest plastic ones are inexpensive and light, but can break if installed wrong.
After biking in wet weather put your bike indoors so bearings can dry.
Grime builds up on brake pads, making them squeak or scratch your rims. Run a cloth between each pad and the rim, like you're shining a shoe. Occasionally remove the wheel and check pads for wear.