What to Look For in Winter Road Bikes?

What to Look For in Winter Road Bikes?

If you are planning to buy a winter road bike, here are some tips how to choose and make a good purchase decision.

1 Practicality

Mounting lugs and pre-drilled mounts in the forks and chainstays allowing for full-length mudguards front and rear are a huge bonus on bikes you intend to use all year round.

2 Contact patch

Winter means lousy weather. The ability of your bike’s tyres to cope with this makes the difference between stress-free mileage and regular roadside repairs. Puncture resistance and grip are all-important, and with a decent set of tyres costing upwards of £70, they’re a key component of a winter road bike.

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When deciding on a winter road bike, prioritise durability over weight.

3 Durability

Prioritise durability over weight on a winter road bike. Search for well-matched components that are built to last long. Few road bikes in this price range feature a complete group-set from one range, so discover where manufacturers have saved money.

4 Handling

All the weather-proofing in the world is nothing if your winter road bike doesn’t handle the way you want it to. Sprightly acceleration and assured cornering are bonuses. Gear shifts should be consistent, while brakes should be predictable.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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