Road Bike Maintenance

How to: Prepare your Bike for Winter

Get into the habit of carrying out these steps to winter proof your bike

1. Mudguards

Love them or hate them, mudguards are an essential part of winter riding (unless you’re mountain biking or riding cyclo cross, in which case getting dirty and muddy are a pre requisite!). They’ll keep your bum, lower legs and feet dry making things more comfortable for you. And, if you’re riding in a group they’re incredibly important to keep a certain amount of spray off the person behind you.

Pimp your bike and add a set of mudguards with dimples!

Which mudguards you fit will depend on the type of bike you have and whether or not you have mudguard mounts, little eyelets at specific points on the frame. Fortunately now mudguards come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit most models and tyre sizes.

Have a look at the previous feature on ‘How to choose which mudguards are for you‘ for more information.


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