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With the short days and harsh winter weather you may be thinking twice about your ride to work. At British Cycling we want to support your commute and keep you cycling confidently and worry free through all seasons.

Our members receive exclusive weekly emails from the best in the business on how to improve bike skills and techniques. We also have a library of tips from our own commuters including the secrets to keeping warm and the correct way to lube your bike chain.

From just £24 a year British Cycling membership also includes liability insurance and discounts at retailers including wiggle and Halfords. Below are some tips that have proved popular with our members:

Emergency Stopping – 4 things to remember

  • It is important to relax your arms so that at the point of braking, both brakes can be applied simultaneously
  • When braking, straighten the arms to push the front wheel down allowing it to grip better and force the body weight back
  • Move the body weight back into the saddle to stop the back wheel rising off the floor or skidding
  • If the back wheel starts to skid release the pressure on the back brake briefly

 

6 steps to banish cold hands

There's nothing more off-putting than riding a bike with cold hands, and gloves will also protect you in the event of a tumble - your hands are always the first things to hit the deck. So here's a guide on what to look for in a good cycling glove for commuting duties.

Windproofing is the key to warmth
Above all else, your glove needs to stop the wind chill. You'll be generating your own heat on your winter commute; As a result you won't need thickly padded gloves. Look out for Gore Windstopper or similar materials, or look for a glove with a close weave.

A snug fit is essential
Your gloves need to fit really well, so always try before you buy. Go for close fitting stretchy gloves that won't get snagged on your controls.

Waterproofing - good if you can get it
Outdoor gloves are too bulky and restrictive. Sealskinz gloves are better. Waterproofing isn't essential for short commutes. Far better is a glove that still feels warm when wet. Merino wool is the best in this respect.

Get a grip
Make sure that your glove has a good grip on the palm and fingers. In the wet, grips, tape etc can get slippy, so make sure your gloves work in tandem with your bar covering.

Be seen
Look out for gloves with reflective materials built in. Car headlights will pick your hand out of the gloom - an important safety feature.

Keep your gloves clean
Glove hygiene is important. Gloves get exposed to all the grime from your ride. Try to wash and dry them on a weekly basis to avoid the dreaded Glove Pong.

 

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Happy cycling.