Most people greatly enjoy the feeling of being on the open road as they cruise around on their bicycles or adult tricycles. There is nothing like going for a long, relaxing ride on a cool spring day. As seasons change and temperatures drop, many of us reluctantly put our bikes away. Who wants to ride in the cold and snow?
If you want to brave the elements, you need to be extra cautious, and you need to learn how to ride regardless of what Mother Nature throws at you safely. Regardless of if you are riding a bicycle, adult tricycle, or cargo bike, you need to prepare and learn how to approach safe riding this winter.
Stay Warm the Right Way
As temperatures drop, we instinctively go to bundle up. This is a great idea if you are going for a walk, but it is not smart to ride a cargo bike. When walking, you do not need to be flexible and easily move your body, but when riding, you do. You need to wear gloves that allow you to handle and quickly and safely access the breaks. It is common to see accidents that could have been prevented if a person could have just applied the brakes.
Learn How to Slip & Slide
When riding on snow, it is just a matter of time before you experience your back wheel beginning to fishtail. This happens when you hit a patch of ice, fresh snow, or wet-slush. You want to avoid hitting the breaks too hard in these conditions, especially the front brakes because it worsens the problem. Try and peddle smoothly and consistently while remaining seated. Be smart and pick your route wisely. The scenic route is lovely during the fall, but you should stick to main streets that are plowed and trafficked over snowy winter days.