How do I cope with extreme cold?
By Simon and Lisa Thomas, adventure travel experts
Riding in cold weather can be more dangerous than in hot. As your body redirects your blood to protect vital organs our brains fall into emergency mode and sensible thought becomes a battle. So here are our top tips to get you through extreme conditions. Firstly, heated grips are a must. They won’t feel like they’re doing much but will allow you to carry on using your hands. You should also concentrate on your breathing. By breathing in and out through your nose and keeping your mouth closed, you will minimise the amount of heat loss. Proper layering is crucial too; layers trap warm air and keep you warmer than using one big jumper. Minimise wind chill as even at low speeds it can double the physical effects of the air temperature, so use a wind breaker. Make sure you keep your head warm, so use a synthetic or silk balaclava. Stopping and moving around is another one, and if it gets seriously cold, get off and push the bike to warm up. And finally, newspaper is a brilliant trick; it makes fantastic insulation if you stuff it down your jacket and trousers. The simplest tricks are the best.