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Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money

by: DAVID ARTHUR
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You can spend a fortune on a winter cycling kit if you want, but we’re here with some top hacks to save you some money and help you tackle the rain and cold, and keep your bike in tip-top condition. If you've got any top tips, do feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money

Winter Hack 1: Newspaper Down Jersey

Here’s one straight from the good old days of bicycle racing. Stuffing a few pages of the local newspaper down the front of your jersey is a cheap but surprisingly effective way to stop the chill of the wind on a long mountain descent.

Admittedly, this trick works better in the mountains and with a soigneur handing you up the paper, and for non-racing cyclists, the sensible thing to do is carry a lightweight windproof gilet or jacket. But if you’re ever caught short in changeable weather, especially if you’re in hilly terrain, it could make all the difference.

person, bench, newspaper, hands, winter hacks
Photo by Roman Kraft

Winter Hack 2: Plastic Bag Over Socks

Keeping your feet dry when the roads are wet is tricky, and you could spend loads of money on overshoes, or you could use some cheap plastic bags to wrap around your socks before you put your shoes on. Sometimes it’s nearly as effective as overshoes and doesn’t look nearly as strange, but it can lead to sweaty feet as plastic doesn’t allow excess heat to escape.

plastic bag, red and green apple
Photo by Sophia Marston

Winter Hack 3: Surgical Gloves

Applying the same idea of adding a layer of plastic between body and elements, surgical gloves are relatively cheap. They can be worn underneath your cycling gloves to provide a bit more protection. Just be warned that you might get sweaty hands if it’s mild.

handshaking, surgical gloves
Photo by Filip Filkovic Philatz

Winter Hack 4: Clear Safety Glasses

You could spend £200 on the latest trendiest cycling glasses. Or you could go to a builder’s merchant and spend a couple of quid on a pair of safety glasses with clear lenses. 

man, yellow vest, white helmet, cycling
Photo by Ahsanization ッ

Winter Hack 5: Plastic Bottle Mudguard

Got a load of old water bottles collecting in the back of the cupboard? With a few minutes and some creative cutting, you could fashion one into a mudguard. Granted, it's not going to provide a huge amount of protection from road spray, but it's better than nothing.

water bottle, under water, string
Photo by Brian Yurasits

Winter Hack 6: Vaseline

Vaseline has many uses, but did you know it can provide an extra barrier to the elements. Some cyclists have been known to slather it on legs and bum to prevent water spray, making you feel damp and cold. You can also use it as a wind barrier on any exposed skin on your face. Some cyclists even use it for chamois cream.

Winter Hack 7: Embrocation Warming Creams

Embrocation used to be an old pro favorite before technical clothing got really good. Many bike brands offer tubs of expensive embrocation, but you can buy the same stuff from your local chemist under the more common name of Deep Heat and bring back memories of the school changing room.

embrocation

Winter Hack 8: Foot And Hand Warmers

If you suffer from poor circulation, heat pads for your feet and/or hands can be a good way to stave off the winter chill on a longer ride. They're reasonably cheap, and the small pads can be placed in your gloves and inside your shoe or overshoe to steadily release heat over the course of a couple of hours. ​

Winter Hack 9: Waterbottle With A Nozzle Cover

Country lanes are typically covered in mud washed out from the ditches or dragged along by tractors, so you'll inevitably get plastered with mud unless you've got some good full-length mudguards. There's not much worse than grabbing your water bottle and the nozzle being covered in mud and god knows what else. Some water bottle brands sell bottles with integrated mud caps, or you could make your own for pennies. (link is external)

water bottle with  nozzle cover

Winter Hack 10: Silicone Spray To Keep The Frame Clean

You'll inevitably spend a lot more time washing your bike through the winter, but there's one easy trick to save time: cover the frame with silicone spray. Many bike brands sell it, but it's not cheap, so instead, head down again to your local hardware store and pick up a can for a couple of quid. We found this one for £2.79. Bargain! (link is external)

If that's too expensive, you could always raid the kitchen cupboards for the furniture polish and use that instead. Just be careful not to get it on the braking surfaces!

Winter Hack 11: Washing Your Bike

You might think you have to use dedicated bike cleaning products when washing your bike, but inexpensive washing up liquid does the job just fine. Some people will tell you the salt content can damage your bike, but you’ll be washing it off before it has any chance to do any harm.

Instead of the costly cycling-specific products, a regular degreaser from a hardware or motor store will be just as effective for degreasing the chain and drivetrain. Some cyclists swear by using paraffin or white spirits to clean chains.

Cover photo by Max Adulyanukosol

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Recommended: Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020

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Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money

You can spend a fortune on a winter cycling kit if you want, but we’re here with some top hacks to save you some money and help you tackle the rain and cold, and keep your bike in tip-top condition. If you've got any top tips, do feel free to share them in the comments section below. Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money Winter Hack 1: Newspaper Down Jersey Here’s one straight from the good old days of bicycle racing. Stuffing a few pages of the local newspaper down the front of your jersey is a cheap but surprisingly effective way to stop the chill of the wind on a long mountain descent. Admittedly, this trick works better in the mountains and with a soigneur handing you up the paper, and for non-racing cyclists, the sensible thing to do is carry a lightweight windproof gilet or jacket. But if you’re ever caught short in changeable weather, especially if you’re in hilly terrain, it could make all the difference. Photo by  Roman Kraft Winter Hack 2: Plastic Bag Over Socks Keeping your feet dry when the roads are wet is tricky, and you could spend loads of money on overshoes, or you could use some cheap plastic bags to wrap around your socks before you put your shoes on. Sometimes it’s nearly as effective as overshoes and doesn’t look nearly as strange, but it can lead to sweaty feet as plastic doesn’t allow excess heat to escape. Photo by  Sophia Marston Winter Hack 3: Surgical Gloves Applying the same idea of adding a layer of plastic between body and elements, surgical gloves are relatively cheap. They can be worn underneath your cycling gloves to provide a bit more protection. Just be warned that you might get sweaty hands if it’s mild. Photo by Filip Filkovic Philatz Winter Hack 4: Clear Safety Glasses You could spend £200 on the latest trendiest cycling glasses. Or you could go to a builder’s merchant and spend a couple of quid on a pair of safety glasses with clear lenses.  Photo by  Ahsanization ッ Winter Hack 5: Plastic Bottle Mudguard Got a load of old water bottles collecting in the back of the cupboard? With a few minutes and some creative cutting, you could fashion one into a mudguard. Granted, it's not going to provide a huge amount of protection from road spray, but it's better than nothing. Photo by  Brian Yurasits Winter Hack 6: Vaseline Vaseline has many uses, but did you know it can provide an extra barrier to the elements. Some cyclists have been known to slather it on legs and bum to prevent water spray, making you feel damp and cold. You can also use it as a wind barrier on any exposed skin on your face. Some cyclists even use it for chamois cream. Winter Hack 7: Embrocation Warming Creams Embrocation used to be an old pro favorite before technical clothing got really good. Many bike brands offer tubs of expensive embrocation, but you can buy the same stuff from your local chemist under the more common name of Deep Heat and bring back memories of the school changing room. Winter Hack 8: Foot And Hand Warmers If you suffer from poor circulation, heat pads for your feet and/or hands can be a good way to stave off the winter chill on a longer ride. They're reasonably cheap, and the small pads can be placed in your gloves and inside your shoe or overshoe to steadily release heat over the course of a couple of hours. ​ Winter Hack 9: Waterbottle With A Nozzle Cover Country lanes are typically covered in mud washed out from the ditches or dragged along by tractors, so you'll inevitably get plastered with mud unless you've got some good full-length mudguards. There's not much worse than grabbing your water bottle and the nozzle being covered in mud and god knows what else. Some water bottle brands sell bottles with integrated mud caps, or you could make your own for pennies. (link is external) Winter Hack 10: Silicone Spray To Keep The Frame Clean You'll inevitably spend a lot more time washing your bike through the winter, but there's one easy trick to save time: cover the frame with silicone spray. Many bike brands sell it, but it's not cheap, so instead, head down again to your local hardware store and pick up a can for a couple of quid. We found this one for £2.79. Bargain! (link is external) If that's too expensive, you could always raid the kitchen cupboards for the furniture polish and use that instead. Just be careful not to get it on the braking surfaces! Winter Hack 11: Washing Your Bike You might think you have to use dedicated bike cleaning products when washing your bike, but inexpensive washing up liquid does the job just fine. Some people will tell you the salt content can damage your bike, but you’ll be washing it off before it has any chance to do any harm. Instead of the costly cycling-specific products, a regular degreaser from a hardware or motor store will be just as effective for degreasing the chain and drivetrain. Some cyclists swear by using paraffin or white spirits to clean chains. Cover photo by Max Adulyanukosol Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bike Conversion Kits: Best In 2020 Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about hack for cycling? Let us know! Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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