The Essential Guide To Winter Mountain Biking
When the cold months set in, most of us choose to head indoors. In fact, most people have invested in home gyms to escape the chill of winter. However, what if you enjoy riding outdoors regardless of the weather? What if you will not let winter stop you from blazing across the tracks and trails?
Well, if you are an adventurous rider who loves riding during the winter, then you need to take steps to prepare for the colder months. Below I have provided a comprehensive guide for all riders who love winter mountain biking.
What to Wear
The first question you need to ask yourself is what do I wear during winter mountain biking?’ As you can imagine, your attire during this season will be warm, however, it will not be restrictive.
1. Firstly, you need to buy yourself a pair of insulated gloves, which will protect your hands from the biting cold. There are several cycling gloves that have been made specifically for winter, so you should start there. Also ensure that the gloves have a top layer of wind blocking material.
2. Secondly, you can wear your normal summer shoes; however, you should pair these with toe covers and wool socks. If the weather is exceptionally cold, you can invest in comfortable and warm cycling shoes made specifically for the winter months.
3. Thirdly, you should wear a thermal wicking undershirt, with a lightweight fleece pullover, a down filled vest, and a waterproof shell jacket that will block wind. P.S. You do not need to wear the pullover and vest at the same time, you can pick one if it is slightly cold, or pick both if it is very cold.
4. Fourthly, you should wear thermal wicking underpants (base layer) and shell pants.
5. Lastly, you should wear a thin balaclava/full face cap/winter cap for your face, a scarf for your neck, and a pair of riding glasses.
How to Prepare your Bike for Winter Biking
1. You should invest in a single-track bike or a bike with internal geared hubs. This will prevent your bike components from coming into contact with the elements. However, if you do not want to invest in a new bike, you need to ensure that you wash your bike regularly and lubricate your gears so your bike components work flawlessly.
2. Ensure that your tires have good grip, so that you have full control of your bike on all surfaces. You should also reduce the pressure in your tires for better traction.
3. Invest in front and rear bike lights so that you can ride in low light conditions.
4. Get fenders for your bike so that you are not soaked with slush and snow.
5. Wire on your grips so that they do not slip off.
Where to Ride
If you have all the essentials for winter mountain bike riding, then you are free to ride in a variety of situations. You can take on slippery single-track trails, pavements packed with snow and slush, descents, corners, and even climbs.
However, if you are not looking to get wet and dirty, you can spend time in bike parks, urban areas, skate parks, and quarries.
As I promised you; everything you need to know about winter mountain biking. So stop wasting time, and start preparing for the winter months!