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Published on Oct 31, 2017
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming. And the combination of shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures makes motivating yourself for training that much harder.
And you may have planned in an end of season break but once that's over there's a few things you'll want to consider to help make your training that little bit more enjoyable. So we've put together a list to help you with your training over the winter months.
This time of year the road conditions tend to worsen and that can be from the added rain or icy surfaces or sometimes extra debris on the roads.
And with that in mind it's possibly worth considering switching from your summer, slick race tyres that probably aren't going to survive the winter months to something that's a bit more puncture resistant and with a bit more tread. And to make it that little bit more puncture resistant, you can actually add a sealant to the tyres too.
The weight of your tyres can make a difference as well. So, opting for 25 or 28 mil will mean you can run at a slightly lower pressure and therefore, you'll have a more comfortable ride as well as the added bonus of a little more grip.
And with the increased risk of punctures over the winter, you may want to carry an extra spare inter tube. And with it being slightly colder for most of us over the winter, using a traditional pump can be tricky so you may want to try using a CO2 canister for a quicker fix.
There are many mud guard options on the market, all offering varying levels of protection. And you'll find actually that some clubs do insist that riders use mud guards during the winter months. It's rather unsociable to have muddy water flying off your back wheel into the face of the rider behind you.
That said, they can be a little bit of a faff to fit. And it does depend a little bit on your bike so it's worth doing a little bit of research before you do invest. But do make sure you fit them correctly because there's nothing worse than having a rubbing mud guard or one that falls off every time you go over a pot hole.
A less permanent option is using an ass saver which just slots underneath your saddle so it's very easy to put on but it probably won't protect the rider behind you. Although hopefully it'll keep your back a little dryer.
Over the winter we tend to have less light in the mornings and evenings but don't let that hamp your training. If you plan on training before or after work you will want to invest in some lights.
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