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5 basic tips for cycling in snow


Equipment for cycling on snowy days

Probably the most important thing is go out warm on snowy days. It is essential to bring thermal layers Also bring one warm jacket well and above this one windbreaks/rainbows For the feet, it is recommended to wear one thick sock and booties, to prevent your feet from getting too hot and from getting too cold.

For the hands they are the best gloves with good thickness. If they are not waterproof, a trick is to put a latex glove over it so the glove doesn’t get wet that warms the hand It is very important to bring one as well pants and an under helmet, to prevent our necks and heads from getting cold.

In case you have to take the car to reach the departure point of the route, take comfortable spare clothes and as warm as possible and if we do not have winter tires, never forget the chains, just in case.

5 basic tips for cycling in snow

Route planning

A few hours before going out or the night before, make sure that the roads or paths we will go on are feasible for the circulation of vehicles. It is likely that many mountain roads are closed to traffic or even that the snow plows have not passed through. So plan your route before leaving home.

A tip is that don’t do tours with ports, since in general they will have more snow, colder and more risks. We should not trust each other even though the sun has risen. Many times the ice sheets they originate because the snow melts with the sun but then, due to the air and/or low temperatures it freezes, so we have to extreme caution.

The traffic, moreover, is usually more dangerous, since it is easy for us to find a car crossing the lane or unexpected situations. For all this it is better to do tours in places with less height, where it is probably less cold and there is less snow.

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5 basic tips for cycling in snow

Food and drink

It is very important to eat and hydrate during the ride. You probably aren’t very hungry or thirsty, but you have to force your body. It is recommended bring a jerry can with slightly warm water and food that you can eat on the go. To not have to stop and get cold.

Another option is to locate a place where you can have something hot, like a broth, a chocolate, a coffee… But don’t stay long because then you will lose the desire to keep pedaling and every pedaling will seem like you are going uphill.

5 basic tips for cycling in snow

Maximum caution

must go with all senses attentive, since there may be dangers everywhere. must have extreme care with ice sheets that is in the assault. When your wheels are on the ice the next thing you know you’re on the ground. You must also have keep an eye on the gusts of wind, that in days like this are very common and can give you some fright.

It is also recommended always be highly visible, with reflective clothing and daytime running lights. So that drivers can see you at all times.

Warn the closest beings which route you will take and how long it will take, so that they have located you and are ready for any emergency. That’s why you’ll have to bring the mobile well charged and in a place where you can give it some body heat, as some mobiles or their batteries go a little crazy in the cold.

5 basic tips for cycling in snow

Go out accompanied

I would say yes or yes, go out with a group of friends, otherwise, take a basic route close to your home and risk-free. Having more people around you who are aware of all the risks that may be there adds a lot of points.

In addition, they can help with any problem and if you’re lucky they’ll invite you for a coffee at the end of the route.

Snow doesn’t have to hold us back. But if you have to have a respect and know well how to face days with this type of weather conditions.

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