Having written articles on what we regarded as safety essentials when cycling, (helmet and a High-Viz) we thought with the Winter upon us we should add in the Winter Essentials too.

Dry Bag

One of the single most annoying and frustrating issues I face on my daily commute to both work and the gym occurs when it rains. Cycling is fine in the rain, I don’t mind getting wet, but what I can’t stand is when my clothes for work and the gym get soaked, damp and inevitably begin to stink!

For years I opted for a basic approach, using a black bin liner inside my usual bag as my improvisation to keep my kit dry. Needless to say this was less than satisfactory!

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It was only recently that I discovered the revolution that is a waterproof rucksack! Genuinely cant believe how long i’ve endured soggy clothing for. After relentless searching and reading I opted for the ‘Altura Vortex

Plenty of storage space, plenty of support straps and waterproof along with a secured/zip valuables pocket.

I got mine from Hargroves Cycles, where I get a lot of my bike kit from, click here.

Mudguards

Nothing worse than a wet bum, and arriving soaking! I have opted for the most simple method, the aptly named ‘Ass Saver’. A simple and clever piece of plastic that slides in your saddle rails and does the job very well. ass-savers-extended-mudguards

I also use the Crudcatcher MK2’s on my other bike, these really do give you the most comprehensive protection from road spray.

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Winter/Durable Tyres

Getting stranded with a puncture is to be avoided at all costs, scrimping on tyres is a false economy and will cost you dearly both in terms of time, inconvenience but also inner tubes!

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I currently run and really rate the Continental Gatorskin Hardshell, which give excellent puncture protection and durability.

 

Lights

It’s a must. Riding without lights is like riding being invisible to cars and lorries. Be safe be seen.

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Currently using this set of Cateye Lights, very bright and been very reliable to date.

 

 

 

 

 

Gloves

 

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Gloves

The first part of your body to get the coldest and feel the burn of the wind. I am using the Altura Night Vision Gloves, which are warm, visible and have the added benefit of being waterproof, with a thermal inner glove too!

Always like to hear other people’s helpful hints, so be sure to tweet us @ldn_muscle.