Top tips for winter riding

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Chuffy, 21 Oct 2007.

  1. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I'm writing an article for a magazine. Something fluffy to encourage people onto their bikes. I need a Top Five Winter Tips, urgently. Any sensible suggestions? Bear in mind that this is aimed at 'civilians' not the gnarly hardcore who do century rides in nowt but a vest, whatever the weather.
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You only need to mention the amount of casual sex we all get now we are cycling!
  3. OP

    Chuffy Veteran

    This is the County Council's residents magazine! I'm not sure that casual sex is allowed.
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Get the right clothes for the job

    Eat well before the ride & carry water

    Make sure the bike is safe

    Carry lights even in the day time and use them in low light conditions

    Be seen...wear high vis

    Be aware of local weather forcast before setting off

    Take a mobile phone

    Cycle with a partner if possible (it's more fun in the event of hypothermia)

    Call home before arrival and have the family make soup and a hot water bottle
  5. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    Fill your waterbottles with whisky.
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Er, I think you will find that they are positively crying out for it my good man! :rolleyes::rolleyes:;)
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Well, that rules me out! :rolleyes:

    But, why not a club/family trip to Majorca or Lanzarote (Club La Santa) as a way to beat the winter blues (for a week or two).
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    That's a good one! Something 'fluffy' from Chuffy! :rolleyes:
  9. Peyote

    Peyote New Member

    Don't worry about proper cycling clothes, but make sure you're hands and feet are well protected, they're the only bits that don't move enough to keep themselves warm... basically, wear warm socks and gloves!
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    When I started riding I was knackered...and I mean KNACKERED. This I feel is the biggest fear of a novice rider. In a car there is no effort needed and you jus tre fill the tank at a petrol station. I had not made th elink in my head between petrol and food/ car & bike, it never entered my head that food was my petrol..I read that on here. As soon as th epenny dropped and I started eating the right stuff I became less Knackered. I think new riders might be interested in a quick rundaown on the types of foods to eat, the need to keep hydrated etc
  11. OP

    Chuffy Veteran

    I'm thinking more of people who regard the iron horse in their garage with trepidation and fear. Not club whippets trying to shave 1/10th off their best 10 mile TT time.....

    So far I have:-

    · Stay warm! Riding will keep your legs and body warm but your extremities can still get a nasty nip on frosty days. Thick socks and a pair of gloves will do the trick. You might want a hat too for your ears.
    · Check your lights. As the evenings draw in it’s easy to get caught out. Take lights with you and make sure the batteries are ok.
    · Go carefully. Watch out for slippery piles of leaves and frosty manhole covers.
    · Stay dry. Cycling while soaked is no fun, so carry a lightweight waterproof with you just in case.
    · As always, make sure you have a pump and either a puncture repair kit or a spare inner tube with you. If you’re not sure how to use them, your local bike shop will be happy to show you.

    Doesn't seem very inspired, so all suggestions gratefully received.
  12. OP

    Chuffy Veteran

    I always mention cake and tea in these articles...:rolleyes:
  13. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    porridge not petrol?
  14. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    If it's aimed at encouraging commuting etc, suggest they use the park and ride sites around Exeter, then cycle in from there.

    Suggest they do not ride if it's icy or snowy, but stay in bed and phone in sick:biggrin:

    Wear some appropriate headgear, cold ears make me really grumpy:angry:
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Hey, I like that! :rolleyes:
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