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Winter and its challenges : facing winter weather with your bike

Winter roads can be tricky, with rain, ice, snow and mud, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your passion for cycling. By adopting the right precautions, it's perfectly possible to keep on pedaling, whatever the season.

When you're riding your bike, the biting wind can make your ride difficult. One of the secrets to face these conditions is to protect your head. Layer up to keep you warm and dry.

The ideal cycling equipment to counter this cold includes a breathable but insulating vest and pants, underpants suitable for freezing temperatures, a hat to wear under your helmet, warm gloves, thick socks and even heated soles for optimum comfort.

How to prevent falls ?

One of the first steps you need to take to ensure your safety when cycling in winter is to choose tires suited to the season. Winter tires, just like for a car, offer better grip and greater sturdiness on slippery roads. Once you're back home, be sure to store your bike in a covered shelter, such as a garage or specially dedicated space, to protect it from the bad weather.

Moreover, in Belgium, rain is usual. This is even more problematic in winter, when temperatures drop and create icy conditions. Roads become slippery, increasing the risk of falls. To prevent these accidents, it's best to be cautious. Adapt your speed, increase braking distances, and avoid slippery surfaces such as manhole covers and tram rails.

Finally, be sure to wear reflective clothing and make sure your bike is equipped with adequate lighting for optimum visibility in the dark. When it comes to your safety, no precaution is superfluous.

With the right equipment and a large dose of caution, there's no excuse not to enjoy your bike this winter. It's just waiting for you to get back on the road.

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