As the winter weather waltzes into prominence, there are some changes we can make to get ready for winter riding. Here we will look at two easy ways that you can get your bicycle prepared to take on the winter woad conditions: lubrication and brakes.
The Right Lube for the Job
The first thing you can do is pretty easy – switching from dry to wet lube. Dry lube is great in the summer months for its ability to avoid the build up of dirt. But with wetter weather comes the need for a wetter lube. Wet lube won’t wash off as easily riding threw puddles or rain, and can help to prevent corrosion from salt on the roads. The drawback of wet lube is its stickiness, which can attract dirt and, if left untreated, damage your drivetrain. That’s why, when using wet lube, it is important to have your chain and drivetrain cleaned and degreased regularly.
Another important step in the journey to winter readiness is your brakes. Making sure that your brake pads are in good condition becomes especially important as the roads get slippery and visibility decreases. Winter road conditions can be rough on your brakes, and debris from the road can impact your stopping power. No matter what type of brakes you have, it is important to make sure that they are not too worn down. With rim-brakes, this is usually determinable by viewing a wear indication line. This process can be a little trickier with disc brakes. Either way, the safest choice is to come by the shop with your bicycle (or trike) and have one of our professional and friendly staff take a look. It is also crucial to make sure that your braking surface (either the rim or disc rotor) is clean.
By following these two easy steps, you’ll be on the right track to being ready for winter riding.