Night Ride

Top Winter Riding Tips

10/23/2023 by

So it’s finally here……the long nights, wet weather and sloppy trails! Winter riding can be some of the best fun you have on the bike too.

Here are some of our top tips to enjoy riding this winter!

  1. Ride with a group/friends

If the weather is crap, it’s oh so easy to sack off going riding. Once you’ve committed riding with a friend or a group it’s definitely much harder to drop out!

So message one of your friends or join a group ride and commit to getting out whatever the weather!

2. Ride at Night

Yes it gets dark early, but night riding is soo much fun! Proper night lights are a bit of an expense, and we would recommend having both a helmet light and a bar mounted light, but once you have a set, they will last for many years of fun. I still have my exposure Max D Mk2. Exposure are now on mark 12 or 13, so that bar light has given me over 10 years of riding fun. If you are worried about getting lost, or don’t fancy riding on your own, Wye MTB do a monthly shop ride from Pedalabikeaway, so you can ride with like minded people. Learn more

3. Fit a Grippy front tyre

Get a specialist front tyre for that winter slop! It will be a bit draggy, but it will transform your winter riding.

You are looking for something with wider spaced nobbles to clear the mud, and a soft compound to smear itself across the trail : )

Some of our favourites are the Maxxis Shorty, Specialized Hillbilly or the Contintental Arogotal. If you are more of a trail or XC rider, the new Maxxis Forecaster is a great shout.

4. Get a Front Mudguard

They don’t look cool, but front mudguards are a must when it comes to winter riding. They keep the majority of mud out your eyes and face, and allow you to focus on finding grip!

Bigger is definitely better here though, so check out the RRP or Mudhugger mud guards if you want comprehensive coverage.

5. Wear riding trousers (and waterproof socks)

Riding trousers are great for winter riding! Not only can you just strip off your trousers when you’re finished and not be covered in mud, but when combined with a waterproof sock, they stop your feet getting wet too! The water can’t spray over the top of the sock (the one downside with waterproof socks and shorts) leaving your feet nice and dry and keeping a smile on your face!

6. Layer up

Multiple layers are much better. Not only do they transfer the sweat away from your body better, but they also help you regulate your own temperature too by peeling off or adding layers as required.

In winter we roll with a Merino wool base layer (this is a magic material) long sleeve top and then outlayer. Our favourite outer layers are the Patagonia Houdini for Autumn or the new Troy Lee Designs primaloft Mathis for those really chilly days, or the Dirt Roamer Storm for those wet days.

Now get out there and enjoy those winter rides!