Chang­ing sea­sons

Sorry, but it’s time to get ready for win­ter

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - WORKSHOP / TRAINING CAMP -

With the num­ber of dry rides re­duc­ing, it’s time to win­terise your bike. Check your driv­e­train and pad wear. Are you happy to head into win­ter with them in their cur­rent con­di­tion? Maybe in­vest in some heav­ier, more punc­ture -re­sis­tant tyres than your sum­mer light­weight af­fairs. Stops for me­chan­i­cals dur­ing the sum­mer are un­pleas­ant enough, with­out the added ‘bonus’ of in­clement weather to fac­tor in.

MAYBE IN­VEST IN SOME HEAV­IER, MORE PUNCTURERE­SISTANT TYRES THIS MONTH

Have a look over your bike and see which mud­guards it will take. Yes, they ruin the aes­thetic, but that out­look is far from prac­ti­cal, and it’s also fairly an­ti­so­cial. The worst feel­ing on a nor­mal ride is a soggy pos­te­rior, but rid­ing in the wet be­hind some­one with­out mud­guards? Un­less it’s in a race, I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it. Even with very lit­tle clear­ance, there are so­lu­tions avail­able.

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