Road Bike Maintenance

How to: Prepare your Bike for Winter

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

2. Lights

Winter and bike lights go hand in hand. If you’re a commuter, chances are at least one of your rides is in the dark. Even if it’s not dark lights never go amiss on grey and dingy day, just to ensure you’re a little more visible to passing motorists.

As the nights draw in, it’s time to start getting your lights out. Copyright Lee Jordan, from Flickr.

Last weeks article on commuting throughout winter covered a lot of the pointers but the major thing you need to decide when purchasing lights is what type of riding they are needed for, do you ride mostly in daytime or on brightly lit paths? If so you need lights to ‘make you seen’. If you ride regularly along dimly lit roads then you need lights to ‘allow you to see’.

For more information on the law and lighting up for bicycles, check out our lowdown on lumens article.


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