Cycling Year Round in Summit County

Posted by: admin November 2nd, 2018

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Summit County, Colorado is one of the most gorgeous areas in the entire state. Located in the middle of the Rockies, there are endless places to explore, especially for cyclists. Unfortunately, weather can be highly volatile in the Rockies, so you may wary of cycling year-round. With a little extra planning, cycling can be a fun and healthy activity 365 days of the year.

Here are some tips on how you can cycle when Mother Nature throws you a curve ball:

In the Snow

Use fenders—if you’re cycling in snow, you’ll always want to attach fenders to your wheels. Not only will they prevent slush and snow from hitting you, but it’ll also keep your fellow cyclists from getting wet as well.

Slow down—it’ll take you about twice as long to stop in the snow than it would in typical conditions. Be sure to take it easy and give yourself ample time to come to stops at intersections or yield to hikers on mountain trails.

Lower your PSI—if you have lower tire pressure, you’ll get much better traction. You can also get better traction in the snow if you ride in the fresh snow! Packed snow is slicker than fresh, but keep in mind that this won’t be beneficial if you’ve received more than a couple of inches of snow on the ground.

In the Rain

Don’t layer—a mistake many cyclists make is wearing multiple layers in the hopes of keeping the rain away from your core. What usually happens is all the layers get wet, making for a very soggy ride. What you should do instead is dress appropriately for the temperature outside, and if your clothing isn’t waterproof, wear a thin plastic poncho over everything.

Lighten up—it’ll be a lot harder for walkers, other cyclists, and motorists to see you when it’s raining out. To improve your visibility, you should have at least one headlight on your bicycle and attach reflectors to your bicycle frame or even your helmet to help stand out a little more.

Use a visor—you may be tempted to wear goggles or sunglasses when cycling in the rain so you’ll be able to see. While the idea is sound, water droplets on glasses will make it harder to see that if you went without glasses. Wearing a visor underneath your helmet is a great way to shield your eyes from the rain.

In the Heat

Pre-hydrate—you’ll want to drink about 16 ounces of water 45 minutes before you leave, and pack at least one bottle of water for every hour of cycling you’ll do. If you’re a heavier rider or you’ll be on a particularly hilly route, you may need up to 4 bottles of water per hour.

Get acclimated—if you’re used to cycling 10 miles per day but temperatures jump to the mid-90s, it’s not reasonable to maintain the same route and pace. You’ll either need to slow down or take a shorter ride. It can take a full two weeks to adjust to high temperatures, so be kind to yourself and give your body time to get used to warm weather exercise.

This article was created Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information on 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 safely and legally!