Tips for Cycling in Dutch Winter
Although it can get cold and windy sometimes, Holland is not a country where temperatures get so extreme you can’t cycle anymore. Locals ánd international fans of the Low Lands commute from home to work nearly every working day by bicycle. Even in winter. If you also want to stay in shape in winter and do what the local does here are some cycling tips Dutch winter:
1. Take a look at the profile of your tires. If the profile is gone and the tire smooth, it’s best to replace the tire.
2. Reduce the pressure of your bike tires. In autumn and winter, the precipitation tends to make Dutch roads slippery. Softer tires increase the comfort and control over trails in less than ideal conditions.
3. Make sure your bicycle lights are working and your bike reflectors are clearly visible. Although the bike wheel lights give enough visibility it is illegal to use them. You are only allowed to use two lights, a white light at the front and a red light at the back of your bike. Using blinking or flashing lights on your bike is not allowed in the Netherlands.
4. Can you easily reach the ground with your feet? If the answer is no, lower your saddle slightly.
6. Take a look at the weather forecast and plan your cycle route in Holland accordingly.
7. Protect yourself against the cold, rain and wind. Wear multiple layers. Cycling against the wind makes you warm. Use a thermoshirt or a shirt of material that absorbs sweat. Invest in good rainwear. It should be wind- and waterproof and breathable. Waterproof gloves with grip and rain shoe covers complete a good winter cycling outfit.Enjoy cycling in Holland in winter!