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Cycling in snow
There are some great articles on the web about cycling in the winter weather, whether you’re a seasoned long distance cyclist or a daily commuter there will be some tips that are relevant to you.
You may be one of the many commuter cyclists who chooses to pack away their bike for the winter in favour of taking public transport. If not (because you're an experienced cyclist), or if you rely on your bike to get you around whatever the weather, we have found some really good articles on the dos and don'ts of wintery cycling.
Preparing your bike (and yourself)
This article from road.cc includes advice for preparing your bike with the right tyres, pedals and clothing, how to ride as well as what to do when you encounter an icy patch!
New snow can actually be fun to cycle in. Will your bike be up to it? Have a chat to staff at your local Tees Valley cycle hub about getting your bike winter ready.
Remember, it's not just what's already on the ground you need to consider. If it starts showing again you will need to keep the snow out of your eyes and off your face, so consider what you are wearing on your head. A stretchy snood or a specially designed mask or hood will protect your lips and keep your face from the worst of the icy blasts. Get yourself prepared with the right clothing! Cyclescheme.co.uk has a great article on keeping your hands, feet and head warm when cycling.
Tips for on the road
Did you know that lowering your saddle was an effective way of helping to stay on your bike when conditions are bad? It lowers your centre of gravity, giving you more control. More tips like this on this Sustrans article.
Being seen when visibility is poor
In addition to lights, reflective and highly visible clothing could form an integral part of being seen in a whiteout. Adding a splash of colour can help you stand out against the street scene.
A combination of reflective and fluorescent materials is always a good idea because although fluorescent is good during the day it does very little under street lights or in headlights. This is where reflective jackets, back packs and reflective strips come into their own. Your gloves, helmet and shoes as well as your bag and panniers all provide an opportunity to add more colour and reflectors.
Take a look at our Shining Example page for more on bike lights.