5 Ways To Winterize Your Bike

Invest in Fenders

Fight off salt and oil-laden road spray by installing full fenders, which keep crud off clothing and grit from getting into—and wearing out—most components.

More: 5 Quick Tips to Keep Your Bike Running Its Best

Replace Rubber

New tires will be easier to control on icy roads and slushy trails. Worn or hardened rubber is less grippy. For a commuter bike, look for tires that have a reflective strip. (See the 5 Essential Bike Tools For Winter.)

Coat Your Chain

In winter, your chain wears faster. Use a heavier lube—ProGold Xtreme or Slick Lube Extreme 200—to keep your drivetrain humming with fewer applications.

More: Tech Talk: When to Replace Your Chain

Overhaul Bearings

Protect them from grime by having a mechanic coat them with fresh grease and check cartridge bearings (found in headset, hubs, and pedals) for play or grittiness.

Clean Up

Wipe down your frame after each ride (especially wet ones like these top disposable wipes) and thoroughly clean your chain weekly. Keep all moving parts clean and lubed. Remove rim crud with rubbing alcohol.

Safe and Sound

Be seen: A good headlight and taillight are a must. Reflective clothing is a bonus.

Detour: Consider how weather and daylight affect road safety. Alter your route if necessary.

Bundle up: Wear breathable layers and a wind barrier. Add gloves, shoe covers, and face mask or hat. (Try These: Best Winter Cycling Shoes and Boots)

More: 10 Things I Wish I Knew From the Start

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