With the temperatures dropping and Mumbaikar’s shivering, now seems like the perfect time to give you some tips on making the most of the winter. With most cyclists not liking the idea of riding in the intense heat or the rains, winter cycling can be fun and exciting but only if you are dressed for the occasion.
Read on for some Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind before you set out for a chilly Winter Cycling:
Pre-Ride Winter Cycling:
Well, before you get started, we would advise a little warm up to loosen those stiff muscles, tendons and ligaments and warm your body from within.
Don’t forget to have a light meal before you get on the bike.The metabolism process will help keep your core warm and provide your body with energy at the same time.
Checking your bike and lights are a must during winter cycling. Like you, your bike to is not immune to the cold and dry winter. If your chain, brake and gear cables need oiling or replacement, don’t wait for the season to get over, in fact, tend to them immediately.
Winter cycling weather might not seem perfect and tempting when you look outside the window, but if you don’t suit up for the occasion, you’re bound to catch a cold.
Cyclists should prefer wearing a loose base layer over which, you should wear your cycling jersey.The base layer helps to keep your body dry while keeping the moisture away.
In addition, a good jersey will trap in the air acting as an insulator. This trapped air is warmed by your bodies heat. Ensure to opt for thermals or polypropylene, they work great as a base layer for winter cycling.
Do not forget to wear a jacket! Throughout winter cycling, it will help divert the wind.
It’s a good idea to wear full gloves as they help trap the heat during winter cycling. Half cut gloves are good but not great for the occasion. After a point, your fingers become numb and you don’t know how well you are braking, thus affecting your control on the bike. Wearing leather or wool for cycling is a big no-no. Instead, opt for neoprene (synthetic rubber). These neoprene gloves are also easier to wash.
Only wearing short cycling tights is not going to help during winter cycling. A long pair of socks, leg warmers and a pair of track pants will serve the purpose.
Don’t forget to cover your head and neck as a large amount of heat is lost. A head and a neck gaiter are the best to cover and trap in heat to prevent that excess loss.
Don’t forget to keep drinking plenty of water. A dash of electoral added to your normal water works great. If you have a hydration pack, it’s time you take it out and wear it in your jacket to prevent it from getting cold.Camel bak hydration system works best for winter cycling or any other riding and adventure.
Don’t pull the zip of your jacket down
Cutting chai( hot tea) can make you feel even better
A bowl of soup can keep you warm from inside
It is also advised that you cover your ears during winter cycling
Stretching is very important. Yes, we know it’s pretty boring after a tiring ride, you just don’t want to do anything, but make it a habit
Have a good heavy meal and take a shower with lukewarm water
Then, sleep like a baby
Editor: Tracy Alvares