4. Tinker Tailor
Certain parts of the cyclist’s anatomy need particular attention (and we don’t just mean chamois cream). Fingers, knees and toes should always be a priority and for some individuals the care of extremities can make or break a ride.
“Gloves, good ones. Consider some winter riding boots as well if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the elements. I would suggest heated insoles as well. My feet are susceptible to the frost – I have been known to put embrocation on my toes.” – Ben Lieberson
Visibility is another issue for the winter cyclist who rolls out before daybreak, after dusk, or even into the country lanes on gloomy days. Everything from oversocks to the lights on your bike need to function properly. And of course, you need to be conscientious when it comes to the bicycle itself. The more reliable and efficient the bike is, the longer you and your company can ride for without hassle.
“Ensure your bike parts are well lubricated, brake pads are healthy and look to fit mudguards. High-spoke wheelsets become a trusted companion for those long and steady distances [LSDs], along with good winter tyres.” – Gem Atkinson
“Where was I weak last year? Locate the source of the problem and tailor your kit to suit your physiology. If the bug is big enough, I reckon it’s worth the expense to go and see a physio or bike fitter. The aim is to start the new year with any remedial work in progress.”
- Ultan Coyle.