6 Winter Biking Tips

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Brave enough to venture out in the cold, slush, sleet and snow? Be safe, be smart! Follow these basic winter biking tips.

  1. Choose Aluminum Rims
    • When wet, brake pads grip aluminum rims better than they do steel.
  2. Pick Fat Tires
    • Fat tires have better traction. Tires less than 1 1/4″ wide work better on wet streets when under-inflated. Use tires with a deep tread pattern.
  3. Avoid Salt Damage
    • With lots of winter riding, occasionally wipe your frame, rims, spokes and derailleurs, and lube your chain. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach parts.
  4. Add Fenders
    • 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.
  5. Prevent Bearing Damage
    • After biking in wet weather put your bike indoors so bearings can dry.
  6. Clean Brakes Post-Ride
    • Grime builds up on brake pads, making them squeak or scratch your rims. Run a rag between each pad and the rim, like shining a shoe. Occasionally remove the wheel and check pads for wear.

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