Winter Cycling, it is possible. Just add a few accessories to his bicycle, to dress warmly and to adapt his behavior to the season. Advice and tips for riding bike in winter.
Driving in winter is a totally different sport that performed the rest of the year. First, the cold season of cyclists out in general less often and for shorter rides. They also need to adapt their bike and their driving to winter conditions, taking into account temperature, mound and the inevitable ice patches.
Road bike or mountain bike?
The best winter cycling is the simplest. As it will be exposed to salt, it will rust faster. No need, therefore, to pay dearly and choose a model provided many speeds and options. A bicycle without derailleur poses fewer mechanical problems. Otherwise, it is better not change gear. The single speed bicycles equipped with coaster brakes provide an interesting option.
Bicycles bike racing genre, equipped narrower tires, run better in deep snow, and are often lighter than mountains. By cons, a mountain bike equipped with cantilever brakes offers superior handling and braking, provided one uses alloy wheels. Steel rims offer little braking resistance when wet. Experts also advise removing the derailleurs and shifters, and shorten the chain to form a simple loop to facilitate maintenance.
The mudguards are essential. It prefers metal. Plastic ones tend to break in extreme cold. Mudguards should be wide enough to contain the mud and snow adhering to the tires. There should also be enough space between them and the latter to prevent the accumulation of snow or ice.
Tires: wide or studded?
The thin tires run well in deep snow, while the wide offer better traction on packed snow. Regardless of the model, it is easy to improve tire traction by reducing the air pressure at the lower limit of the range indicated on their sides. There are also studded tires. They reduce speed and are noisy on dry pavement, but offer superior traction on ice.