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Introduction to Winter Cycling



Weather is not something to be feared!

Weather is not something to be feared!

You can cycle in the winter. We brought in some experts to tell you more.

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  • Bicycle Habitat – New York’s neighborhood bike shop since 1978. 244 Lafayette St * New York, NY 10012 www.bicyclehabitat.com
  • More durable tires will help with the road. You will sacrifice some speed (on regular road) but gain durability and control in winter. Continental Gator Hardshell http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/continental-gator-hardshell-700c-27-inch-62646-1.htm Continental Four Season http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/continental-grand-prix-4-season-23812-1.htm Armadillo Elite http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/specialized-all-condition-armadillo-elite-tire-61506-1.htm
  • Fenders protect your backside in uncertain seasonal weather. “It wasn’t snowing when I left for work!” They can be permanent – or we sell quick-release fenders that you can clip on and off SKS quick-release fenders: http://bicyclehabitat.com/product/sks-x-tra-dry-quick-release-fender-15332.htm
  • Lubricate your bike about once per week to keep it in peak operating condition – and to avoid problems out in the cold. You may also want to lube the cables, which can sometimes collect water and freeze. (Side note: Don’t leave your bike out in the rain. It’s better for everyone – especially all of your bike’s moving parts.) More about lubing your bike: Quick tips: http://bicyclehabitat.com/how-to/basic-lube-up-pg202.htm More detail: http://bicyclehabitat.com/how-to/bicycle-lubrication-pg360.htm If you don’t know how to do this, come in to the shop and ask, or bring your bike in and we’ll do it for you.
  • Don’t get stranded.
  • Wipe down your bike after riding. Salt is harsh on your frame – especially steel frames! (It corrodes the metal.) Keeping your bike winter-ready will keep it lasting longer. When in doubt, you can bring your bike by to have us take a look at it.
  • Layering is key. Remember, good circulation is important: Anytime your extremities are constricted from good circulation, they will feel colder – even if they’re well-covered. “Snug as a bug” might not do it. In mild weather (e.g., 60s), arm-warmers are great. As temperatures drop more, wind- and water-resistant cycling pants will protect you from the chill. In very cold weather, helmet caps and lobster claw gloves will protect you from exposure. Examples of layers: - Wind blocking jackets and shirts arm warmers knee warmers Windproof pants and padding Gloves (regular, lobster – remember circulation issue) Caps Face covers If it’s really cold, consider booties and helmet covers, which will block wind. But remember some air is good, to account for moisture control.
  • Wicking will keep you warmer than if you hold in the sweat – don’t assume something that’s windproof will keep you warm. Layering with a good base layer such as a sleeved shirt and vest will keep you more comfortable. Something that’s waterproof might hold in the moisture; ask your store for advice if unsure.
  • Bicycle Habitat – New York’s neighborhood bike shop since 1978. 244 Lafayette St * New York, NY 10012 www.bicyclehabitat.com

Introduction to Winter Cycling Introduction to Winter Cycling Presentation Transcript

  • Thanks for joining us for Introduction to Winter Cycling www.bicyclehabitat.com
  • Your field guides
    • Jon Lewis, CycleOps: road biker, avid cyclist
    • Chris Gebhardt, Sugoi: all-weather cyclist, triathlete (Ironman!)
    • Dave Vollbach, Bicycle Habitat: Vassar racing, Michigan native
  • Winter Riding Dave Vollbach, Bicycle Habitat
  • 3 keys to great winter riding
    • Prepare the bike
    • Prepare yourself
    • Maintenance
    • Durometer
    • TPI
    • Diameter
    • Pressure
  • PREPARE THE BIKE Lubrication:
  • PREPARE THE BIKE Safety check:
    • Handlebar/headset
    • Chain tension
    • Cables
    • Bearings
    • Tire pressure
    • When wet…icy…salty…or any combination
  • what to avoid:
    • Manhole covers Metal + ice = BFF.
    • Metal plates Road plate covers used in construction will cause slipping.
    • Bridge joints
    • (e.g., take caution at Williamsburg Bridge turning areas)
    • Road paint (strips)
  • how to ride:
    • You’ll have to go slower than you normally would
    • Even weight distribution
    • Even braking
    • Brake early
    • Look up the road to choose your line in advance, be ready
    • Again: Slower.
  • PREPARE maintenance
    • Keep everything lubricated
    • Keep your bike clean
    • Bearings
    • Not sure? Bring it in and let us tune it up
  • Winter Clothing Chris Gebhardt, Sugoi
  • 3 elements related to how warm (or cold) you feel:
    • Actual air temperature
    • Wind factor
    • Whether it’s sunny
    •  Gauge the forecast and dress for how it will feel. Sun will make up for some wind.
  • Bike-specific clothing is designed to account for areas that will have high-wind and/or high-water exposure (plus to fit over helmets and shoes)
  • Keep in mind: moisture control
  • What are trainers? Jon Lewis, CycleOps
  • Trainers: keeping in shape, indoors
    • During the off-season, the weather won’t always afford the clear roads you need for training
    • Many cyclists choose trainers to keep in shape when they need to cycle indoors (or in a controlled environment)
  • What are trainers?
    • Trainers can simulate the resistance – or friction – that you experience on the road:
          • Aero drag
          • Gravity
          • Road (rolling resistance)
          • Acceleration
  • Trainer types
    • Trainer features vary to your needs:
          • Rollers – simple, easy to set-up, consistent; less secure pedaling, not very adjustable
          • Trainers – very sturdy, adjustable; noise can be an issue with wind trainers
          • Trainer bikes – extremely customizable; heavier, larger size
    • Trainers are available at all price points, features and and customization; best one depends on your objectives
  • Example: resistance options
  • Example: acceleration options
  • Example: adjustability options
  • Thanks for joining us for Introduction to Winter Cycling BICYCLE HABITAT www.bicyclehabitat.com (212) 431-3315 Enjoy the biking you do! NYC’s neighborhood bike shop. Since 1978.