DEKRA experts provide important tips
Safe Cycling in Fall and Winter
For many, cycling is a seasonal pleasure: Spring and summer are considered classic bicycle time. But you can also be safe on your bike or pedelec in fall and winter – if you follow a few important tips, according to DEKRA experts
- Clothing and lighting: Seeing and being seen are essential
- Defensive riding style: Avoid sharp lean angles and hard braking
- Expect increased wear on rim brakes
A defensive riding style is recommended on two wheels all year round, but even more so in fall and winter: “Always approach curves with caution – as soon as you suspect it might be slippery – and avoid sharp banking and, if possible, hard braking,” advises von Glasner. “Otherwise, very critical situations can arise abruptly in wet conditions, because of leaves, grit or spots of ice.”
The wear of rim brakes in particular can increase significantly due to many rainy rides, says the DEKRA expert: “Water absorbs the road dirt, which is then distributed in the spray on the brake flanks – and there during braking, like a kind of sandpaper, causes increased wear. That's why it's important to keep a close eye on the condition of rim brakes." Disc brakes are not as susceptible to this type of increased wear.
Those who travel by pedelec should also consider the influence of cold on the performance of the battery, especially for longer distances. Cold temperatures reduce the available capacity and thus the range. “Cold does not permanently damage the battery. But to minimize the problem with the reduced range, store and charge your battery preferably at room temperature indoors, and only take it outside when you start riding,” the expert recommends.