Pedaling against cold weather in Barcelona

March 20th, 2018

Photo by Mabel Amber

The beginning of Spring has come accompanied by a cold snap and by a bit of snow. Here we are going to explain how you can manage this situation.

Today, the typical conversation about weather makes sense. From the start of the week the decrease of the temperatures has become noticeable and this Tuesday it has arrived accompanied by a snow alert at minimum levels.

This doesn’t mean that you have to leave your bicycle at home, if you usually use it as your habitual means of transport. With the correct kit, the bicycle will help you to keep yourself warm.

When you dress, you should use the onion trick, which means wearing various layers of clothes. You will start to pedal warm and at the same time that you get warmer, you will be able to remove the different layers of clothes. You should use a neck gaiter to protect your face, the wind is a bit cold.

Wearing waterproof clothes is very important, and this is not only important for protecting your torso; it is also for protecting your legs. Although at this moment it is not raining or snowing, if the streets are dirty, you will avoid mud splashing your clothes.

Finally, make you sure that your bicycle is in a good shape. A professional service is always useful. But, the most important thing is being sure that your chain is clean and lubricated, that the breaks work well and that the wheels are not deflated, because you could have a flat tire.

With these tips you will be able to arrive anywhere and you will avoid the typical traffic jams of these days when everyone takes car.

Wind gusts in Barcelona represent a challenge for cyclists

November 9th, 2016

This week the wind has the leading role in the meteorology of the Barcelona city. Although it doesn’t seem like it, this phenomenon represents a big challenge for the cyclists on a psychological and physical level. So, here you have some tips to get pass this gust.

Photo by Everton Vila

Pedaling in a group

You can organize pedaling in a group with your working mates or other friends and thus protect each other from the wind. Sharing a burden allows us to endure it better.

Up gears in the same way as when we are on a slope

When the wind blows against us the sensation is the same as though we were going up a slope. So, you have to act in the same way, up gears, and, although we will have to pedal more, our knees will be grateful to us.

Tight clothes

We should try to as aerodynamic as possible. For this reason, our clothing should be suitable. Specially, we have to be sure that our coat doesn’t flap in the wind. For these kinds of days, choose comfortable but tight fitting clothes.

Anticipate yourselves to dangers

When we cross a bridge or we are being passed by a heavy vehicle, we know that the wind could be dangerous, so we have to be alert and emphasize the caution in this kind of situations. Don’t stop of pedaling, the bicycle is more stable while the back wheel is in movement.

The daily training, the best remedy for keeping up the spirit

This principle can be applicable to practically every daily challenge. It is also very important during our daily pedaling. The more trained our body and mind are, the easier it will be to advance with our bike on windy days.