Essential Road Cycling Tips To Keep You Riding Your Bike In Winter

Essential Road Cycling Tips To Keep You Riding Your Bike In Winter


Do you want to know how to survive whilst riding your road bike in winter? Chris and James share some top tips on how to prepare both yourself and your bike for winter so you can enjoy riding in the rain, wind and even snow!

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100 Comments on "Essential Road Cycling Tips To Keep You Riding Your Bike In Winter"


  1. I use many of the same gear that you guys mentioned. The proper gear definitely makes riding much more enjoyable. One thing I wear that wasn’t mentioned is cycling glasses to keep snow and wind out of my eyes.Thanks for the tips.

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  2. for me the big factor is the Sun, a low winter sun wet roads, your need to consider your routes, if your riding into a low sun on wet roads you visibility in respect of car drivers is poor, I try to ride north south routes this time off year rather than west east

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  3. Well you two might not be welcomed on our club winter rides without full fenders (mudguards) on BOTH wheels. Best thing I ever bought for winter riding was my unvented, waterproof boots. No overshoes needed, and my feet are always warm. They do weigh twice as much as summer shoes, and are a bit bigger so I have to watch contact with the front fender on tight low speed turns (and definitely no track stands at the lights) but it is a small price to pay for warm feet. For commuting I use commuting shoes on egg-beater pedals with goretex overshoes. Also effective but not quite the roadie look.

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  4. Mudguard/fender extensions: Cut up old water bottle(s). Easy to cut water bottles with scissors. Attach to lower part of fenders with a short bolt, nut, flat washers. No sharp edges, like with Coke can. I have had these homemade fender extensions on several bikes for years. The extensions on my front fenders really make a big difference when it comes to keeping water, melting snow and other crud off my feet, as well as off my chainset, chain and front mech.

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  5. Aaaand where is winter???
    Where is 300mm snow on a road? Where is -20°C? Where is angry as hell wind?
    I see autumn in video, not winter…
    Clickbite?

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  6. How can that bike have dura ace 11 speed front chainrings and the rest being Red AXS 12 speed? 😀

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  7. A metal flap like that coming loose is a danger to others. Sharp edges and such. 👎
    Buy some rubber flaps, or cut up some rubber sheet or a plastic bottle, drill a hole or two through both, and attach by blind rivet or small screws

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  8. Looking for sock suggestions. I currently wear a winter boot with a neoprene liner, 2 socks and I’m good to about -5C, below that my feet are freezing. Thanks for any assistance.

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  9. Great video gents thankyou. Really surprised to see that Chris didn’t have the fender on his rear wheel to prevent spray affect riders behind him; we all know who the real wheel sucker is in this duo :p

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  10. what happens when you sweating like a pig? You have to take with you a towel ,a second base layer, a second head warmer , second gloves,and some times second winter jersey, second balaclava .All these in a bag with food and water .PS. I cycle long distances over 100 kilometers up hill or mountain.

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  11. Everyone saying “that’s not real winter!” but I’m just saying for half of the world we are going into summer. It is Global Cycling Network so maybe it would be good to do some summer videos in December?

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  12. A PLASTIC drink container, James! Not aluminum, also known as the sharpest edge in the world that will not only cut through your tyre but your rim and legs and maybe the tarmac while it’s at it.

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  13. My tip for winter riding is to move to someplace where there isn't winterlike weather, such as Central Texas. :-0

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  14. I glued small blinky lights to the heels of my shoes as Emma Pooley noted in an episode that lights that move in a human manner are more visible. I submitted a picture of them for Hack or Bodge. Dan was going to give me a Bodge, but Si referenced Emma's episode and convinced Dan that it was a hack. The only issue is that I can only use toe warmers and not full winter boots due to the light sticking out of the back of the shoe.

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  15. Get a beater bike and ride 10-20 miles close to home. No need to do epic rides, just do something at least 4-5 times a week. Ever change a flat 20 miles out on a 20F day? I did, it sucks!

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  16. Studded tires, balaclava, heated socks, lobster mitts, lots of gore-tex… Can't wash the bike if it never gets above freezing! Still ride daily as I can't stand indoor trainers

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  17. you are joking about taping a coke can to your bike, right? seriously bad idea. right up there with glass tires.

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  18. I was wondering what the average age of GCN viewers is and how they break down by age groups (percentage under 20, in their 30s, 40s…).

    Is there a way to do a poll on one of the up coming videos? It may lend itself to age specific topics in the future. Not all of us are in our prime anymore.

    Just a thought.

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  19. Helmet. Of course something for all year round but especially during the cold season. I got on an icey patch this week while cornering in the dark (I do have proper lights) and I slipped. While not going that fast, my helmet kissed the tarmac.

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  20. Suggestion: recreate this video with JPow in the middle of January in Massachusetts. More interesting still, fly Hank and JPow to a Northern Midwest state like Minnesota for some ice racing.

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  21. Me in south korea -11 degrees today : wearing a mask, ear warmers, two layers of winter jerseys and pants, toe cover, shoes cover, gloves and bar mitt on my bike. (it took years)
    After 30 mins cycling : nah, let's go home

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  22. For the winter months, I switch to a more aggressive tread, it does not roll as easy but I don’t get punctures

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  23. Hey GCN, just saw that Wal Mart is releasing a high end road bike. Please review this. We’re all very curious!

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  24. A slight improvement over the previous attempt but still missing info on socks, winter shoes/boots, lobster gloves and studded tyres. Looking forward to your summer suggestions but I am guessing not much different from the winter ones. Recently purchased a gravel bike for winter riding.

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    Advanced Merry/Happy Christmas GCN PRESENTERS! Keep up the Good Work in making Videos!
    Road to 2 MILLION!

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  26. It’s a good idea to put vaseline on your face on the cheek bones. It stops chapping from eye watering.

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  27. Maybe invest in a winter bike if you can afford it? That way you won't ruin those beautiful carbon wheels and have purpose made mud guards…

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  28. Let’s talk about the Elephant in the room……or in my case the chipolata, psst, how do you keep your willie warm? Sorry ladies ☺️

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  29. #1 for me is keeping your bike clean, I probably spend 8 hours a week just cleaning because of all the road salt in the US. Staying warm seems to be just a matter of trial and error; I'm a bikepacker so I just keep whatever I think I may need in my bags. Where I live it can be 104F in the summer and -20F in the winter. It just takes time to figure out what works for you, don't give up on cycling just because it seems uncomfortable. Winter is a magical time to ride and sleep under the stars.

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  30. Santini Vega thermal, Assos base no helmet but ear covers and hate with top tie.. gotta look cool too..and its warm..

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  31. When was this filmed as the reservoir looked half empty. At this point in2019 they are all brimming

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  32. Mudguard extension tip: old plastic milk bottle, cut to a triangle shape, attach narrow end at the top (obvs) using a cable tie. Does mean a small hole in your mudguard at the bottom, but it won't fall off and lasts forever!

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  33. All good and well, but maybe also mention to look at what rules apply for the country you ride in. Here in the Netherlands blinking lights are not allowed and in the dark you need reflectors. Not that anybody cares about these rules when you look around when you ride 😀

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  34. That hack with a piece of coke can is dangerous. Those edges are too sharp and it bends too easily.

    Ideally you glue on a piece of a similar fender.

    Or tape on a piece of tyre, a piece of a bottle, whatever. You can also buy extensions like an SKS spoiler, costs only a few €.

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  35. As usual a bunch of people unable to grasps that a video uploaded a few days into "winter" can't possibly have been filmed in the middle of winter, but in autumn, but still complain that it doesn't look like "winter".

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  36. Has anyone ever developed a Winter helmet, with fewer, or no vents at all? (Maybe it's something I should do, hmmm).

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