In the summer, many people use the bicycle as a practical and environmentally friendly means of transport: for shopping, for driving to work or for the weekend trip. But with the first frost the bike is put away for the winter. There is another way! Take advantage of the positive and health-promoting properties of cycling in the Winder! In the opinion of the German Road Safety Council (DVR), your bike does not have to spend half a year in hibernation properly equipped and moved with reason.
The DVR gives the following tips
- Dress according to the "onion principle": several thin layers instead of one thick one. So you can always adjust to the current state and avoid pathological freezing and sweating. In addition, warm air cushions form between the individual layers.
- Protect your hands best with mittens; a headband or a cap worn under the helmet keeps the ears warm.
- In the opinion of the traffic experts, the lighting system of the bicycle is important: Conventional side-runner dynamos often fail to produce reliable energy in mud and snow. Better are the hub dynamos often found on new bicycles. If you want to retrofit your bike, you can also use a spoke dynamo. A two-wire cabling also improves the reliability of the lighting system. Front and rear lights should be equipped with an automatic parking light, so that you can still be illuminated while standing and thus be seen by other road users. You can also wear clothing with reflective stripes.
- Prescribed and especially important in winter are yellow pedal reflectors and spoke reflectors or reflective strips on the tires.
- In winter operation, frequent cleaning of the wheel is useful to remove dirt and salt residue. At the same time, the chain and the brake and shift cables should be lubricated.
Dosed steering and braking
On wet and smooth roads, careful driving is vital. If you put the saddle a bit lower, you can use the legs to stabilize the wheel on slippery roads. Steering and braking should only be well dosed with smoothness, which requires a correspondingly adapted speed. Regularly check your brakes for functionality - especially important on wet roads. Then there is nothing against the two-wheeled fun in the winter.