The clocks have gone back and the long nights are drawing in, so it’s important to stay visible and take extra safety precautions when you’re out on your bike.
Wiggle and dhb have offered ten top tips on what actions you can take to stay safe and make winter riding easy with a little bit of preparation:
- Light up the night: Ensure that you can see AND that you can be seen- from any direction. White on the front, red on the back. Always carry a spare set.
- Reflect on it: At night and in low light, it’s high quality reflectivity rather than colour that really makes you stand out on the road. Look for garments with 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective prints and logos.
- No surprises: choose a good quality jacket and pair of gloves which will keep you warm and dry in the depths of winter, whatever the weather throws at you.
- Route master: check your winter route for good lighting and adjust if necessary. 5-10 minutes longer for better lit roads is worth it, and it’s an extra nugget of daily calorie burn!
- Roll with it: don’t get caught out with a puncture on a cold night. Consider changing your tyres to something more robust such as the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season.
- Don’t get in a fix: even with robust tyres punctures can occur. Carry two inner tubes just in case which can save fiddly fixes by the roadside or consider using self healing tubes such as the Slime Smart Tube.
- Be on guard: a simple fix of attaching a rear to your bike can keep you dryer and cleaner for longer.
- Don’t get in a flap: wear fitted clothing that won’t obscure lights or get caught in wheels.
- Fuel up: riding in the cold and wet demands more energy than on a warm day. Make sure you’re adequately fuelled and carry some food with you.
- Clean up: ensure your bike is in tip top condition to prevent night time breakdowns. Keep it clean and get a regular service.
For more information about the DHB Flashlight clothing range, please visit Wiggle.