Check the forecast. Sounds silly, but knowing what’s ahead as far as weather is concerned will help you dress appropriately.
Dress in layers, especially when the mornings are cool (or downright COLD) and the afternoons warm up. We’ve seen 40 degree temperature variations over a normal ride!
Pack your rain gear. While rain gear is designed to protect you from rain, it can also act as another layer of protection and warmth.
Keep your hands and feet warm and dry!
Every 10 degrees in temperature change results in about a 1 pound change in your tire’s pressure. When it cools down, you will lose pressure; when it heats up, you will actually gain pressure. Even checking your pressure one afternoon and coming out the next morning can result in a 3-5 lb loss.
Also, your tires lose pressure over time. Every 30 days, you can expect to see, in average temperatures, a loss of about 1-2 lbs in your tires.
Underinflated tires result in poor handling as well as excessive damage to the tires themselves.
Overinflated tires result in hard rides and decreases the tire’s ability to withstand road impacts.
The ideal temperature for your batteries operation is 80 degrees F.
Cold weather affects the chemical reactions in your battery causing a “sluggish” performance. That’s why we look for batteries with a high Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) output.
You also lose about 0.5-1.0% of the batteries overall charge every day they sit “idle” (not being used). If you have advanced electronics like alarms or accessories, they will drain even faster. If you have a trickle charger, put it on and keep it on if you ride your bike less than once per week.