Keep the chill at bay and get onto your bike!

When the winter chill settles in, it becomes more challenging to do the things we love and fully enjoy them. But, where there is a will, there is a way!

Riding your bike doesn’t have to be something you sacrifice this winter - all you really need to do is prepare yourself and have the right mind set to gear up and enjoy your favourite sport. 

Here are some tips to keep you riding throughout the winter:

  • It all starts in the mind! Getting up in the morning is already so difficult, so we can only imagine how much more difficult it can get to convince yourself to brave the cold and cycle. Think of all the great reasons why you love your time on the bike, as well as the physical and mental fitness rewards that come with it. Let those be your motivators before you even step out on your bike. It will be a chilly start, but soon after you will enjoy the ride as you’re warmed up from all the pedalling.
  • Every layer counts! The key to enjoying your ride this winter is to stay warm without overheating – this means balancing your layers. Be sure to layer your clothing - keeping sweat-friendly fabric closest to your skin. If you own a packable shell (jacket, for the uninitiated), it will be wise to take it along for added warmth without the worry of a bulky load. Remember to stock up on winter cycling gear (knee-warmers, neck tubes, gloves, socks etc.).
  • Nothing like an uphill battle to warm you up! Try to find an uphill path to cycle on. Not only will you get straight into the workout, you’ll also speed up the warm up process and get your blood flowing.
  • Hydrate! Hydrate! During the winter time it is very easy for us to forget to get adequately hydrated. If you fear your water/liquid may get too cold from the low temperatures, you may want to consider keeping your hydration pack under your jacket or in a warm bottle wrap. No matter what, don’t forget to keep hydrated!
  • Know your terrain. The environment is obviously different in the winter time as opposed to in the summer. Not only is it colder but early morning often become foggy mornings. If you’re an early riser or after-work-rider, you will notice that the sun comes to life much later and sets much sooner. With that said, you will want to ride on familiar terrain as well as kit yourself out with reflective clothing so motorists can see you and a light source to allow you to see where you’re going.
  • Know your limits and have fun. Riding in the winter can bring about different challenges as compared to other times of the year thanks to the potentially-changeable weather conditions. With that in mind, stick to your physical fitness limits while having fun so as to avoid added risks to your ride. If you can, get a riding buddy.
  • Be aware of the condition of your bike. Safety comes first at all times. It would be a great move to get your bike checked just to make sure it’s still in good ridable condition. Making sure that everything is okay will give you peace-of-mind that you won’t find yourself stuck in a crisis half-way through your ride or in the dark somewhere and freezing your toes off trying to fix a problem that could have been avoided.

So now that you are well on your way to enjoying your winter, how about actually covering the very thing that takes you on the exciting journey of mountain biking or road cycling. MiWay offers you peace of mind by covering your mountain or road bike not only during and en-route to races, but also during training. Why not try MiBike insurance today? Request a call back to complete an obligation free bicycle insurance quote!

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