Maintenance: Winterize Your Bike

Winterizing your bike in one of those important maintenance steps that takes just a few minutes and helps ensure you won’t end up stranded. During the winter, it is important that your bike be in good condition, even more so than in the summer. With snow, rain and mud, you bike will get much dirtier so be sure to clean the bike after each ride.

It is important to keep or bike well lubed. Areas to focus on are the chain, wheel bearings, cables, derailleurs and brake levers.

Good tires are a must for winter riding. If you live in a wet climate, narrow tires with widely spaced knobs are best. In the snow, a wide tire with widely spaced knobs is recommended. Studded tires are ideal if you intend to be riding in snow or ice exclusively. In snow, use a lower tire pressure between 30-40 PSI is fine.

Fenders are very useful for winter riding. They keep much of the mud, snow, or water off of your bike and your body. Plastic fenders can crack in extreme cold so aluminum or steel is the best material for those in extremely cold climates.

With proper maintenance and a little luck, your stead should get you safely home every time.

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