Winter can be a tough time for cyclists, as salt on the roads can corrode bike components if not cleaned regularly. However, there’s an enjoyable way to keep cycling during the colder months without worrying about the damage caused by salt: riding on snow-covered trails.
Riding on trails covered with fresh snow can be challenging at times, as the snow is often soft and deep. While a fat bike might handle these conditions better, there’s still a lot of fun to be had trying to navigate through the snow on a bike like the OPEN WI.DE, with its large 650Bx55 René Herse knobbies. The goal is to make it through the snow without putting your foot down or, worse, wiping out. It’s a satisfying achievement that adds excitement to the ride.
One thing to keep in mind is that winter rides on snowy trails can be shorter than your average outings during the warmer months. This isn’t because of the cold, but because riding on snow is more physically demanding, making a three-hour ride feel like an all-day event. Nevertheless, the challenge of riding on snow adds an extra layer of accomplishment to your cycling experience.
When you get home after your winter ride, you won’t need to worry about giving your bike an extensive wash to prevent rust. Simply bring the bike inside to dry, and you’re good to go. This ease of maintenance is just another reason why riding on snow-covered trails is an appealing option during winter.
In summary, winter cycling on snowy trails offers a unique and enjoyable experience for cyclists who want to keep riding during the colder months. It combines the beauty of nature with the excitement of overcoming challenging terrain, making it a great way to enjoy cycling in winter.