Whether it's to get to the office, do your shopping, or for leisure, you've chosen to use a bike! Congrats on a great choice! As fall approaches, you'll want to develop the right habits to continue cycling in the cooler weather of the season.
The 3-layer technique
Don't let falling temperatures stop you from getting on your bike! Adopt the 3-layer method to carry on cycling without a care in the world: a close-fitting thermal layer, a fleece sweater, then a windproof jacket on top. The warm air trapped between the various layers should provide an effective barrier against the cold.
Helmets for the cold
Heat is mainly lost through the extremities. The solution? A helmet with protection against the cold so you can make the most of your ride. The earpieces can be removed, so you won't overheat when the temperatures are more forgiving. And why not jazz up your fall look with a cozy neckwarmer?!
If you go out early, visibility may not be optimal. Check road conditions carefully to avoid ice patches in shady and often wet areas. Finally, don't hesitate to leave bike lanes or paths if they are covered with snow and the road is clear.
Braking in the fall
Rain, ice, or snow…be sure to rake 50 metres before obstacles to prevent any risk of aquaplaning. And remember to keep your distance from other road users to allow yourself enough time to react, especially in slippery conditions!
A good habit for cycling in wet fall weather? Reduce the pressure in your tires slightly to improve their grip. Handy!
In fall, don’t forget to maintain your bike! Regularly grease and lubricate your gears and chain. A little lubricant on your bike lock should also prevent it from seizing up after a frost. Also, try storing your bike in a dry place out of the wind. Your bike’s worth it the effort, don't you think?!