Despite current freezing temperatures, as the new year begins, many of us are braving the January weather by getting back on the saddle and behind the handlebars of our beloved bikes.
Recent studies have revealed that over three-quarters of a million people cycle to work in England and Wales, and this number is increasing year on year.
As winter dwindles on, it’s important to take extra care of your bike, as there are higher risks that all cyclists should be aware of whilst riding throughout the colder months.
If you wish to know more, we’ve thrown together an easy guide with some top tips on how to protect your bike this winter.
No, we aren’t talking about protective clothing, although this should always be worn when cycling, we’re referring to taking out the right insurance for your bike. Road cycle insurance can cover you against theft and accidental or malicious damage to your bike. There are also many other add-on policies available, such as Personal Accident protection, which covers you for a range of serious injuries as a result of any biking accident. Be sure to do your research and find the best cover for you.
Winterproof your Bike
It’s important to prep your bike with the relevant adaptations so it can withstand the harsher winter weather. Replacing your tyres with more robust winter tyres is always wise in the colder months. These tend to have better tread on them to maximise grip in wet or icy conditions. Mudguards are also a popular addition for many cyclists throughout the winter. These are metal strips made to coat your tyres and help to keep spray from mud and muddles off your lower legs and ankles, whilst also protecting your wheels and bicycle spokes in the process.
If there’s one thing you do this winter, store your bike in a safe and dry environment. Not only does this protect your bike against the elements, helping to prevent rust, but it also ensures your bike will be safe from potential theft. Locked storage is always the safest bet, such as within a garage or garden shed. If you live within a block of flats, many buildings have secure bike storage for your convenience that are dedicated to keeping your wheels safe and sound, without taking up room in your flat.