Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 12 Tips to Keep You Riding

Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 12 Tips to Keep You Riding
Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 12 Tips to Keep You Riding
Winter Cycling Survival Guide: 12 Tips to Keep You Riding

Are you in need of some free 2016 winter cycling tips?

Now that its 2016 winter cycling tips are important to know about because they will help keep you biking through the winter so that you will remain in shape to bike once the weather and temperatures warm up again. I create this 2016 winter cycling tips article to share various 2016 winter cycling tips with you so that you can experience the best winter bike riding you can experience this year and the next winters thereafter. Winter cycling shouldn’t have to be a big challenge for you and it won’t be if you check out these 2016 winter cycling tips…

2016 Winter Cycling Tips for Beginners

Whether you are a beginner at cycling altogether or just a beginner at cycling during the winter time, you should know the various 2016 winter cycling tips to be able to better and improve your winter bike riding activities so that you don’t freeze out there and be discouraged to keep riding year round…

Tip #1: Motivate Yourself to Ride – One of the worst parts about winter is winter itself. It’s cold, it’s depressing and it’s miserable to get out of the house and do the thing you love to do – like cycling. So you need to find out what motivates you to ride and work on motivating yourself to actually start riding in the winter. Maybe it is for weight loss so you can fit into that bathing suit you want to wear come summer. Maybe it is for better health so you can decrease your chances at getting diabetes. Maybe it is to get better at cycling so you can start competing at bike races once the racing season starts up. Whatever motivates you – tap into now and use it for winter bike riding.

Tips #2: Train During the Winter – The winter season gives you a perfect opportunity to train yourself to be a better cyclist. During the warm months, most of us are too busy riding organized bikes rides, racing, cycling with our friends, joining and riding with bike clubs and other normal “feels good outside” cycling events. The winter is dead, dull and nothing is ever going on so it provides the perfect opportunity for you to start training to be a better cyclist. Set goals for each winter ride, meet your goals and take your time because winter is here and it’s here to stay.

Tip #3: Prepare for Spring Cycling – Winter gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for spring and summertime cycling. You will probably ride more when the weather is warmer and nicer but if you haven’t rode all winter, your whole spring and summer might be focused on recovering from not riding in the winter or extra weight you have put on during the winter. That isn’t any good at all because you are really not getting any new benefit each summer that you bike again – you are just fixing the mistakes you made from the previous winter. Ride during the winter so that you can focus on new goals during the summer.

Tip #4: Join a Cycling Club – Winter time is horrible and you lose motivation and encouragement to get out and ride because it is cold, wet and too warm inside the house. So why not encourage yourself to ride this winter by allowing others to help out with encouraging you to do it. Join a cycling a club in your area this winter and ride with them on their organized bike rides. Most clubs have a “no drop” ride for beginners where they won’t leave you behind if you fall back a bit so what is stopping you from getting a little bit of encouragement on in the saddle social networking by joining a group ride or bike club this winter?

Tip #5: Go for a Mountain Bike Ride – If there are no hunting seasons taking place and you are able to freely ride in the woods, consider mountain biking as a winter riding sport. If there isn’t snow and ice on the ground and it’s just cold outside – mountain biking might be where it’s at. The great thing about mountain biking in the winter is the trees, hills and wild-land debris along single-tracks help to block wind from getting to you. That means it can become a much warmer ride that road biking or something similar to that. Mountain biking is also a type of riding that promotes more performance which could be better on fitness for winter time eating habits.

Tip #6: Ride a Stationary Bike – If it is really cold outside, snowy and/or there is ice outside, then you probably don’t want to go bike riding outside due to safety concerns. That doesn’t stop you from riding inside, though! Get a stationary bike or a trainer to connect your bicycle to and start riding inside. Riding inside can be boring and monotonous but if you push yourself to even ride just an hour each day, that is an hour each day that you are riding verses not riding at all. There are plenty of videos you can buy or even free videos on YouTube for following a program to ride your bike inside and having a great workout by doing so.

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2016 Winter Cycling Tips for Warmth

Staying warm is important during your winter cycling activities. Sometimes staying warm is the key into actually having a great winter cycling routine. If you are cold on the bike, you are going to have a bad winter riding experience. Here are some 2016 winter cycling tips about staying warm on your bike and enjoying your winter riding activities:

#1: Hot Water in that Bottle – It is important that you stay hydrated while riding your bike. This is even important during winter time but when it’s freezing outside, it doesn’t take that long for the water in your water bottle to freeze as well. And when you’re cold from it being cold outside, drinking ice cold water just seems to make it feel worse, don’t you think? So mitigate all of these issues by putting warm or hot water into your water bottle. Water is water and it will cool down a little bit as you ride but it will stay in liquid form a lot longer as well. Remember to eat, too – fuel is just as important as hydration all year including during the winter months.

#2: Buy some Limb Warmers – Leg, knee, elbow and arm warmers are some of the best gear and apparel investments you will ever make. A lot of times during the winter, it’s cold at first but as you ride longer in the day, you start to get hotter and want to shed some of your clothes. However, you can’t shed off your long sleeve jersey or your long tights, right? Otherwise you might go to jail! So what do you do? You wear leg and arm warmers so you can take them off and stick them in your jersey pocket when it gets too hot.

#3: Get Long Bibs or Tights – Sometimes its cold enough to wear longer bottoms without a need to take them off or shed down cycling apparel. I suggest you buy yourself a great pair of bib-styled cycling tights. These are longer bike pants that are tight like bike shorts and have the chamois padding built into them but they are designed like bib shorts. You can also get padded regular non-bib tights or even unpadded tights to wear over your bike shorts if you want to go that route. Sometimes warm bottoms is all you really need to enjoy outdoor winter cycling on a fairly cold day.

#4: Get Winter Biking Apparel – There is other winter biking apparel to consider when cycling during the winter months. There are cycling jackets, long sleeve jerseys, insulated jerseys and tights, cycling socks and others. I suggest focusing efforts to keep three specific parts of your body warm – your feet, your fingers and your head. Those three parts cold is a nightmare waiting to happen and you know exactly what I am talking about. If your head is cold, your whole body is cold. If your hands are cold, your whole body is cold. If your feet are cold, your whole body is cold and you’re ready to start whining your eyes out because cold feet, hands and head is a horrible area to be chilly at. Protect those important parts!

#5: Don’t Sweat too Much – Now remember when dressing for winter time outdoor cycling, it’s better to layer up than to wear fewer articles of well insulated apparel. If you are wearing a heavy coat and heavy insulated tights and you start to sweat, you can’t start taking off layers and do anything about it. If you sweat and it’s cold enough – that sweat will turn to ice or extremely cold fluid and you can get frost bite because of it. Not a lot of us take sweat into consideration during our winter riding activities but it’s important to understand that sweat can freeze like any other liquid in the cold. Wear thinner articles of clothing but a lot of it and provide means to store it if you need to start shedding it off your body.

#6: Ride on Dry Days – Don’t intentionally make yourself victim to potential frost bite or extreme cold days by riding when it is too wintry outside. If it’s snowing, sleeting, raining or really cold – consider riding inside or doing an inside workout like running on the treadmill or even Yoga, instead. If you go riding during the really bad days, you can get hurt, sick or even be seriously injured and/or killed in the process. Riding your bike during the winter should never turn into a potentially life threatening situation because that wouldn’t be cycling, that would be stupidity.

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Marshal Durden
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