Whether you prefer road cycling or hitting the mountain trails, safely riding a bicycle in the winter requires a bit of preparation. To quickly winterize almost any bike, consider the following tips:
1. Clean your bike regularly, before it gets too dirty. Road grit, salt, and sand can all collect in moving parts and wear them down, so it’s important to keep bicycles free of rust and grime.
2. Keep your chain lubricated. If you use dry Teflon or other mild lubricants during the summer, consider switching to a more viscous lubricant for the wetter months. In extreme winter conditions, some cyclists favor industrial compounds used for chainsaw blades.
3. Choose sensible tires for your style of riding. Winter tires for bicycles come with special treads, studs, and are available in a variety of widths. For best results, keep tire pressure low while the ground is frozen or slick.