Clocks go back today, Sunday, October 29, ushering in short days, gloomy mornings and returning home from work in the dark. This however does not stop many workers from cycling throughout the colder months.

Cycling during the winter months requires extra care and attention due to the unique challenges posed by cold weather, icy roads, and reduced visibility. As the temperature drops, cyclists need to take proactive measures to ensure their safety and enjoy a smooth ride despite the challenging conditions.

“Protecting your bike from the worst that winter can throw at it can enhance your safety and prolong the life of your bike” says James Whitten, the Marketing Manager at cycleGuard, leading cycle and e-bike insurer.

CycleGuard has put together a guide of few easy tips to help cyclists to get the best out of winter cycling.


It may seem counter-intuitive to clean the bike before heading off onto winter's wet and salty roads, but a clean bike can uncover mechanical defects and hopefully it may get individuals into a cleaning routine for the winter. It does not have to be complicated, as a simple wipe down after a ride with a proper clean of the drivetrain every few weeks proves sufficient.


Enhancing the winter cycling experience can be remarkably easy, with one simple solution - installing a pair of mudguards. Winter roads often carry mud and grit, causing splashes that can catch both the cyclist and those riding behind. By fitting mudguards, these sprays can be reduced, ensuring a more enjoyable and cleaner ride.

Winter tyres

It is worthwhile fitting a pair of winter tyres to take all that the season can throw at the bike. Not only will the cyclist get added grip on uncertain surfaces, but they will also benefit from extra puncture protection. In addition, wider tyres (25mm-28mm) can be run at a lower pressure which will provide additional grip and comfort in slick and icy conditions.

Lights and bike reflectors

As the days get shorter, many bike commutes are undertaken in the dark, ensuring that their bike is fitted with good quality lights and reflectors is an absolute must. Every bike should have at least one, and preferably two rear lights ready for winter in addition to a front light.

Reflectors also provide added visibility and can be a lifesaver if the bike’s lights run out of batteries during a ride in the gloom.

“There are many steps you can take to make winter cycling easier, but it’s not for everyone. Take a minute to assess your abilities and decide whether you are up for the task” adds Whitten.

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