3. Drink lots of water or keep a water bottle in your bike’s bottleholder. Dehydration affects concentration, and you want to be fully alert so you can react in time if anything happens.
4. Limber up or warm up before you get on your bike. There’s nothing worse than pulling a muscle when you’ve just popped out to the shops. Just a minute or two to get your blood pumping around all your muscles and to warm up your body can prevent an unnecessary injury.
4. Always check your tires before a ride and take a small puncture repair kit if you’ll be somewhere remote or are riding alone. If you're fancy you could even get wider or studded tires for better grip. Don’t forget to add bike fenders (aka mud guards) to keep you and fellow riders from being sprayed with dirty slush during the ride.
5. Keep the batteries warm if you’re riding an e-bike and clean your bike after every ride. You might also want to consider spraying the bike frame and chains with water repellent to protect the bike from corrosion. It is your baby after all!
6. Always take your phone with you – and make sure it’s charged! If you ever need help this will be your quickest route to it.
7. Pack a snack. Riding in cold weather can use up more energy than normal, so pack a snack to make sure you’re not caught short – or hungry – far from home.
This list is full of helpful tips so you can feel confident when you head out on your bike – whatever the weather. Although it’s not an exhaustive list, if you keep these pointers in mind, you’ll be sure to have a great, and safe ride.