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8 Essential Tips To Get Your Bike Winter Ready | Protect Your Bike This Winter

8 Essential Tips To Get Your Bike Winter Ready | Protect Your Bike This Winter


– Oh I really should’ve
put some lights on. Such a plunker. (bicycle chain whirring) Oh god. – Indeed winter is coming
and you need to be ready. Not like this guy. (bicycle chain whirring) – Aw no. (sighs loudly) I haven’t got any tools either. What am I going to do? Wait for me guys. Wait for me. (bird squawking) (bicycle chain whirring) (bird squawking) Wait for me. – Yep if you do live in
the Northern hemisphere and want to get the most
out of your winter riding and also make sure that
your bike survives it, then it is time to get your
bike ready for the winter. Which conveniently, I
am doing myself today. So I thought I’d bring you
along, show you how to do it. (futuristic music) Okay first things first, I’m going to put this
rather nice steed away. Okay I know not everyone has the luxury or option of multiple bikes but if you do putting away your more expensive race bike is not a bad idea over the winter. Or at least just keep it to indoor use. Yet keeping up your training
over the winter months is pretty essential if you
want to hit the beginning of race season in the best
shape you possibly can. So, getting yourself a winter hack could be a very worthwhile investment. Granted, my current winter hack is also a pretty nice bit of kit but at least I do like
to put my TT bike away for something a little
bit more comfortable probably a little safer
over those winter months. Before the luxury of being
on GTN I used to have an older road bike that I just
used over the winter months. It had a nice sort of,
entry to mid level groupset on that bike that was pretty bum proof but if those components did wear out, which inevitably they do
over the winter months, in those elements, then I
could just quite cheaply and fairly easily replace those parts as and when I needed to. (gentle music) Okay so whether you’re changing your bike for the winter or not,
something that I would really suggest you consider is your tire choice. Now, the tires you’ve
been riding on all summer may not be up for the
task of wet, greasy roads with debris on them. So, this time of year I
tend to like to put on a slightly wider tire
for increased comfort and grip on the roads. So I put something like a
25 mil or 28 mil tire on, providing your bike does have clearance for that size of tire. Also, if you have been riding
on the same tires all season, as I have been, then they may well be
slightly worn out by now. So it is actually just
a matter of time before the debris that’s washed onto
the roads during the winter causes you to have a puncture. So not only would I suggest
you have a look at your tires, consider replacing them. Also consider replacing them with something slightly different. So today I’m actually putting
on an all-season tire. It’s a Continental Grand Prix Four Season. It’s great for all year around, but very good for the winter conditions. Now typically with a tire like this it does weigh a little bit more and has a slightly higher
rolling resistance, but in turn you do get a more durable tire and increased puncture resistance. (upbeat music) Now prevention is better
than cure, as they say. So time spent giving your
bike a regular once over will serve you very well
at this time of year. One area I would really
recommend you keep on top of is lubricating your bike. Any area that needs
lubricating, make sure it is. The chain is really susceptible
to corrosion and wear at this time of year
during the winter months as it’s exposed to the elements. So I always clean it
down, as I have already, and then I’ll apply a lubricant to that. I actually switch over to a wet lubricant at this time of year, and
actually after each ride I’ll clean the chain
again and reapply that, especially after wet rides. In addition to that, I would
also recommend using something like an aerosol lubricant
on any exposed metal bolts on the frames. So things like the bolts on the stem here, on the seat clamp, or
even on the bottle cages, where water can settle in those bolts and cause them to rust. So actually by spraying a
little bit of lubricant in there that will repel the water
and hopefully prevent that oxidation and rust occurring. (upbeat music) Okay next thing I’m going
to be adding to my bike is mudguards. Love them or hate them, they
are a winter riding essential, both for your comfort and
your riding buddies too. I will admit, it does
pain me putting mudguards onto my nice looking road bike, but you’ve just got to embrace
it at this time of year. And admittedly they do help to keep you and your bike a lot
cleaner and a lot drier. So rather than dealing
with the spray in your eyes from the tires, do yourself a favor, get yourself some mudguards. Now some bikes will actually
have little eyelets on them that will allow you to install
and attach full mudguards. If you haven’t got those
little eyelets on them, like I have, then you can actually get
these clip-on mudguards which work really quite well. Failing that, you could
actually just, quite simply, in a very basic option get an ass saver. That will attach that will
attach to the saddle rails and poke out behind the saddle. That’s not going to protect
your riding buddies, but it may stop a little bit
of spray onto your backside. (upbeat music) Now another thing to
consider at this time of year is a saddlebag. It’s not essential, but
given the conditions that you’re going to be riding
in at this time of year it’s good to be prepared
for all situations. Now you could put an extra tube
or two into this saddlebag, a multi-tool, a CO2
cartridge, whatever you like. All of which is going to free
up your space in your pockets and your jersey. Now you need to put a little
bit more food in there should you be doing longer
rides over the winter, some extra warm layers, and so on. (upbeat music) Now if you do have a bike
with mechanical gears or cable pull brakes
it can be those cables that are the first to go during the winter because water that’s sprayed
off the road from raining can get into that housing and
cause those cables to corrode. Also, dirt flicked up from
the road can work its way into that housing and both
of which are going to cause the brakes to stick, the
gears hard to change. So we can prevent that by
making sure that the cable ends to those housings are installed correctly. That’s what they’re there to do so that’s a good first line of defense. You can also get some
rubber seals that apparently do the job better. I’ve not gone to the extent
of installing them myself, but apparently do work very well. I would personally spray a
little bit of aerosol lubricant down the housings of those
cables from time to time. As we mentioned before, that repels water. It’s a good protection for those cables and also just allows those
cables to run nice and smoothly. (upbeat music) Now this one is a pretty obvious one, but get yourself some lights. At least to be seen if
not to be able to see. If you are a commuter then I say this is basically an essential. Because it’s pretty likely
that you’re doing at least one of your rides in darkness. Also it’s just a busy time of day so you want to give the
traffic the best chance of being able to see you. Now personally, I really
like these kind of lights. They’re rechargeable so
after each ride I can just whip them off my bike, whack one charge, ready to go for the next one. (upbeat music) Finally there are ways of
protecting the frame itself. Now old school, and not something that I’ve
actually done myself before, but you can apply just
standard car wax to your frame. Particularly on the down tube
and the bottom bracket area. Then any grit, dirt,
grime that’s flicked up from the road will actually just slip off. The car wax actually creates
quite a slippery surface in the wet so it’s quite an
effective method actually and maybe I might try in the future. Something that I do personally do is actually use these frame protectors. You can just cut these
to size and add them on as patches to your frame. So I use these around any
areas where a cable’s going to be resting, rubbing,
bouncing and ultimately maybe scratching and ruining
that lovely paint work. Nice thing about these is
yet you can cut them to any size you like. They’re clear so you’re hardly
going to know they’re there. (rock music) So I’ve set my bike all
ready and raring to go for the winter ahead. Of course my next, and
final, crucial tip is to make sure that you
keep your bike clean. Which I know is incredibly
hard when you get back from a long, cold, maybe even wet ride. The last thing you want to be
doing is cleaning your bike. But it can significantly
prolong the lifespan of both your bike and its components. If you have enjoyed today’s video do make sure you hit that thumbs up button and if you would like some more from GTN you can click on the globe
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13 comments on “8 Essential Tips To Get Your Bike Winter Ready | Protect Your Bike This Winter

  1. Thanks for that episode! 👍 what is the name of the producer of those mudguards? Thanks and keep up the great work

  2. Always, always, always have two spare innertubes with you – at least.
    Learned it the hard way – punctured twice but only had One innertube. So I had to walk Home. 5 km. In cycling shoes. 3°C, wind and heavy rain.
    And also pack Baby whipes in your saddle bag, so you can clean your hands After a puncture repair.

  3. Put away your expensive bike he said, flips and comes up with his "cheap" bike, which would be a dream for me to have and costs more than my two bikes and car together. So I am a bit confuse now which bike do I have to store over the winter. Or is it my car when my bikes are cheaper than my car?

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