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Cycling Weather Tips for Colorado

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If you live in Colorado and enjoy cycling, you are aware of how the weather changes. You know you need to be ready for anything that comes your way when you are cycling. As a Colorado cyclist, you need to familiarize yourself with the different tips and techniques for safe cycling in inclement weather.

Cycling in Winter

Colorado is known for its snow skiing and winter weather. You need to know how to properly prepare for cycling in winter weather. Just like any other vehicle, a bike can face challenges when traveling on ice or snow. Many cyclists ride their bikes year-round, so here are a few tips for venturing out in colder weather.

• Dress properly. It gets cold in Colorado, so you need to be properly dressed to stay warm. Some cyclists head out on their bikes when the weather is only 10 degrees. Thermal booties over cycling shoes and cross-country ski attire will help you stay warm.
• The helmet and goggles are also important. In the winter months, you might find that trading your bike helmet and sunglasses for a downhill ski helmet and googles are helpful because they keep you warm and help you see where you are going without fogging up.
• Insulating sleeves can help you stay warm while allowing you to move around. The sleeves come with roomy mittens that are roomy, so you can use your hands for shifting and braking.
• Get ready for icy roads. You might want to use studded tires, so your bike will have traction and grip when you are riding in snow and ice.
• Check out your route. While you want to go on less traveled streets in warmer weather, those roads will be less likely to be plowed and cleared during the winter months. The busier roads are going to be given more attention, but you will encounter heavier traffic that will not be expecting to see a cyclist out in the winter weather. You need to choose the path you are more comfortable riding.
• If your bike starts slipping or skidding, use your skills and don’t overcorrect. You need to carefully steer your bike toward the direction of the skid, as you would in your car. Shift your weight toward the back of the bike, so that if you fall you will fall on your backside.
• Go slow when you are cornering, and make sure you straighten your line as much as you can. You don’t want to get sent flying off the roadway. Don’t ride with your hands on the brake as you finish the turn.

Cycling in the Rain

Colorado also sees its share of rain. As a cyclist, you need to know how to handle a ride in rainy weather.
• You want to stay dry, so make sure you dress properly. Getting too wet and cold will make you become ill, so make sure you keep your core warm.
• Watch for oil raising to the top of the road. If you see a rainbow-colored spot or a puddle, use caution. These are slick spots that can lead to crashes.
• Don’t wear sunglasses. Rainy weather leads to low light, and sunglasses will affect your vision. You need to wear clear or yellow glasses, which are suitable for low light and will help your vision as you ride.
• Check your bike’s brake pads regularly because water and road grit and grime will wear down the rubber brake pads. Change out the brake pads as needed.
• When making a corner, shift your weight toward the outside pedal, so you are leaning your body more than your bike is leaning.

Watching for Erosion and Landslides

Keep your eye out for rockslides, landslides and signs or erosion. You don’t want to get too close to a shoulder that is going to give way and cause you to crash. When there has been a lot of wet weather, such as from snow or rain, there is a risk for erosion and it can cause serious problems for the operators of all vehicles, including bicycles.

Prepare for the Weather

You should always check the weather forecast, so you can be prepared for the weather conditions when you go cycling in Colorado.

This article was created Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally!

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