Winter cycling? You mean getting on a bike in the snow, ice and COLD? Really?
Frankly, I love riding in the winter. All of my biking routes look so different than they do any other time of the year. Of course, the streets I use have been cleared of snow and ice, but those element are often on the sides of the road and in the fields as I pass by. It is beautiful.
There is something more important, to me, than the beauty of winter cycling. If I continue on my biking workouts through the winter, I will not have to start all over again in my fitness in the Spring. The older I get (67 now), the more difficult it will be to get in shape again, once I have lost my form.
That is not to say that I will not step up my workouts in the Spring. I do that every year. But, I do not have to start from scratch. I have leaned that I can even set a good foundation for the entire year by staying on my bike during the cold months.
A word of bike maintenance advice. Clean your bike after every ride on the wet or muddy streets. The grit on the road, be it salt or sand, will play havoc with your gears and chain. Keep them clean.
And remember to keep warm. You can always take off layers.
Winter Cycling Resources:
Here are four great sites to help you cycle safely and enjoyably during the winter:
- Bicycling Life: Winter Cycling
- Bike Winter: The Rules Of Winter Cycling
- CoachLevi.Com: How to Ride Indoors During the Winter
- Total Bike: Winter Cycling Tips
Also look at: Re-Cycling: Boomers and Road Biking
Some practical advice demonstrated in this video: