The days may be getting shorter, and we’re swapping out our summer wardrobe for our fall and winter one, but that doesn’t mean you need to put your bicycle in storage! Winter cycling in Vancouver is fun, and easy, if you’re prepared.
Here are our 7 tips for winter cycling in vancouver:
- Wear reflective gear: In the dark days of winter, a high visibility vest and reflectors on your clothing, backpack, and bike will help you be seen by motorists, other cyclists,and pedestrians.
- Turn on your lights: In addition to wearing high visibility gear, install lights (consider LED lights for longer life) on your bike to help others see you in the dark. They can be solid or flashing as long as they’re bright and work!
- Install winter tires: Slick winter roads can be hazardous. Ensure you have good treads on your tires and consider heavier, winter tires to resist punctures from increased road debris this time of year.
- Pack a pump: Tire punctures are more common in the winter so when you’re winter cycling, carry a small hand pump (and a spare tire if you can) to inflate your tires if they spring a leak on your ride.
- Rain-guard your bike: Vancouverites are used to the rain, but our bikes are not! When cycling in winter, install fenders, use wet lube on your chain, and ensure your brakes are working before setting out.
- Keep it clean: Rain, debris, and dirt more easily accumulate on bikes in the fall and winter. Make time to regularly rinse your bike (with soap) and give it a regular maintenance to keep it looking and functioning like new.
- Check chains, gear, nuts, and bolts: Make sure everything stays tightened and is well lubricated.
Go out there and brave the Vancouver rain and cold to get some winter cycling in before the end of 2018. If you are looking to buy a new bike for the upcoming season, check out our current bicycle specials at Simon’s Bike Shop.