Mountain Biking In Winter

ESSENTIAL RULES TO ENJOY WINTER MOUNTAIN BIKING

You don’t have to hole up in your home during the cold months if you crave to ride a mountain bike. In fact, you can always continue your riding adventures even if the temperatures already dropped outdoors. You have to prepare yourself for the challenging ride and make sure you have the proper mindset to be able to stand the cold weather. Here are some tips to help you have a worthwhile winter mountain biking journey.

BELIEVE THAT THE COLD IS JUST ALL IN THE MIND

It’s really hard to prepare yourself to leave your warm couch if it’s freezing cold outside. Braving the low temperature is tough enough, but forcing yourself to bring your mountain bike on a wet or icy road can get even harder. That’s why you must accept the fact you’ll feel a bit chilly during your first few minutes, then tell yourself you’ll get through it eventually. This will make you feel at ease during your winter mountain biking moments.

LAYERING IS THE KEY

To battle the cold, you must always wear appropriate clothing. The winter weather tends to be very unpredictable, that’s why it’s easy to go from cold to warm to overheated in a short span of time. To avoid being too cold or too hot, you must know how to properly layer up. Make sure the fabric of your clothes is wicking so they won’t cling to your sweat too much since added moisture can attract the cold.

START BIKING UPHILL

Going uphill will definitely warm you up, which will help you fight the cold weather. It’s always a good workout to ride up a mountain. It will get your heart rate up.

MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Using your mountain bike in the winter is very different compared to riding in the summer. During this time of the year, you might find yourself riding in soggier terrain. You might also discover you only covered half of the usual distance you can do in dry conditions. This shouldn’t discourage you.

DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE

Most of the time, people tend to neglect drinking water when it’s cold since they don’t get thirsty as much during the summer. Yet, you must always remember to drink water anyway to keep hydrated. To keep your drinking water from getting too cold, you can fill your canister with hot water. This will turn cold as you spend more time outside.

KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES

It’s very important to recognise your limitations whenever you do any activities. Don’t force yourself to cover your usual distance or route during the warmer weather. This might cause a lot of problems in the long run. So pace yourself and accept the fact that you can’t stay longer outdoors during the winter.

More importantly, you have to make sure that you’re enjoying your time during your winter mountain biking trip. This will make your outdoor activity in the cold a worthwhile experience. Then again, always keep these safety precautions in mind to guarantee an enjoyable and safe biking trip.

 


 

Is there anything you can add? Share your thoughts below.

...
mm
Peter Williams
peterwilliams@dinga.com.au

Peter loves bikes of all kinds. He has a passion for mountain biking right through to cycling long distance. He is sharing his experience here OnDECK.