Why You Should Get On Your Bike This Winter

There are so many incredible benefits to cycling. You’ll feel healthier and happier, while cutting down on your impact on the environment. However, in winter, many people abandon their bikes for cars, making cycling a one-season event. We’re smashing that stereotype, by kicking off the Bublr Winter Bike Challenge on February 1st. This event aims to show first-hand how cycling in winter is possible and even beneficial. Read on to find out the advantages of winter cycling, plus some tips on keeping warm and safe.

Advantages of Winter Biking

Winter, in many ways, is the perfect time to start cycling. The cold weather will force you to work harder, meaning you will burn more calories. Americans gain an average of 0.37kg during the holidays, which is why many new year’s resolutions involve hitting the gym. We say avoid the costs of the gym and get outside on your bike instead.

Winter can also be a time of low mood and sickness. Exercise will increase your serotonin production keeping you happy, while also boosting your immune system. That makes it a better time than any to take up cycling.

What You Should Wear

If you are serious about being a year-round cyclist, then you need to think carefully about clothing. Smart layering is key. Start with high quality base layers. These can be worn in the summer months to wick away sweat, but will keep you warm throughout winter. The materials are designed to keep you insulated when stationary, but to regulate your temperature as you get moving.

You may choose to wear shorts and a short sleeved jersey, but utilize arm and leg warmers, which can easily be added or removed to adjust to changing temperatures. Gloves and hats are essential, since you need to keep the feeling in your hands and the head is terrible at regulating its own temperature.

How to Keep Safe

Of course, winter brings its own dangers. Stay safe by selecting the right bike. Using internal shifting as seen on the Bublr Bike will protect the gears from the elements, while its wide tread tires will keep you grounded on icy roads. The cold can damage your bike, so choose something durable. Always ride slowly, use your lights and wear hi-vis clothing.

Cycling in winter could be a beneficial and enjoyable experience. Just be sure to prepare by wearing appropriate clothes and taking extra safety precautions. You’ll stay healthier and happier this winter if you’re willing to brave the cold.

 

Written by Jane Simon
Posted by Andrew Ditto