Winter is in full force but that doesn’t mean you have store away your fixie and brace the cold weather on foot. With these tips for get your fixie ready for winter, you’ll be zipping home in no time to enjoy some hot chocolate and warm up from the cold.
Get studded tires for better traction in snow and icy conditions. For milder winter weather you can use knobby tires. If money is an issue, you can get away with only replacing your front tire.
Bike Lights and Reflectors
While you should invest in bike lights and reflectors anyways, they are especially important if you get caught in snow or icy rain where it is harder for drivers to see you. Check the batteries often, as the cold weather can cause them to die quicker.
Winter Bike Maintenance
Make sure to keep your bike covered at all times in the winter. Wipe down your bike after every ride. To prevent ice and snow build up, wax the bottom of your frame with car wax. Lubricate and clean your chain at least once a week. Keep ice from building up in your frame by spraying rust-resistance aerosol lube on drainage holes and your seat post hole.
Wear the Proper Gear
Be sure to wear lots of layers to keep warm this winter. Start with a thin sweat wicking layer then work up to warmer thicker layers. Finish off with your rain and wind gear to keep out the cool winter wind and protect your body from getting wet in the snow. Don’t forget about gloves, scarves, and earmuffs!
Just because the weather is bad, doesn’t mean you have to stop riding your fixed gear bike around town. In some case you might get home faster than waiting in traffic in a car! Plus with the proper gear and maintenance both you and your fixie will zip through winter and start enjoying spring in no time.