Orchard Park, NY
Winter Snow Mountain Bike Race
Photograph - High Resoloution Photography
During a recent Winter Festival held yearly near Buffalo, New York at a country park, Chestnut Ridge park they included a Winter Mountain bike race to go up and down the hills of the park.
Mountain biking in the winter can be dangerous but if you'd like to try it here's some tips:
1 Prepare your bike for winter conditions - see last section of this description
2 Choose the proper tires. The knobbier they are, the better traction you'll have.
3 Move your weight to the back of your bike as you approach the snow. The more you can weigh down your rear tire, the better traction you'll have.
4 Shift into a low gear to make pedaling easier.
5 Lift your front wheel off the ground just before you hit the snow.
6 Keep your momentum and continue to pedal the entire time you are in the snow - especially if the snow is deep or soft.
7 Brake early. Your brakes won't work as well in cold weather as they do when it's warm.
8 Watch out for slippery sections and try not to brake when you hit ice.
Here's how to prep your bike for Winter:
Repack your bike's hubs, headset and bottom bracket. If you don't know how to do this yourself, bring your bike into a bike shop and have them do it for you.
2 Mount fenders over both wheels. They'll minimize splashing of slush and snow.
3 Put front and rear lights on your bike. When the sun goes down in the early afternoon you'll be glad you have them.
4 Replace worn tires with new heavy-tread knobbies.
5 Use a lower tire pressure for better traction on slippery surfaces.
6 Use platform pedals instead of clipless pedals. The clipless pedals can be very difficult to clip into when they're cold and icy.
7 Perform regular maintenance on the bike all winter long. Wash all slush and dirt from the bike and lubricate all moving parts at least once a week.
January 28th, 2013
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