Mountainbiken im Winter

Mountain biking in winter - the best tips

Mountain biking in winter offers special trail fun for everyone who braves the challenges of the cold season. While the snow-covered trails offer an idyllic backdrop, they also require special preparation and techniques. In this article we offer you a detailed guide with numerous tips on how to succeed on your mountain bike adventure in winter.

PRE-CARE YOUR BIKE FOR LONG-LASTING MTB FUN IN WINTER

For long-lasting MTB fun in winter, thorough pre-care of the bike is crucial. This includes carefully oiling or waxing the chain to ensure smooth shifting. Lubricating moving parts and greasing seals not only contribute to the optimal functioning of the mountain bike, but also protect against the adverse conditions of winter trails. To protect your bike from adhering mud, you can also apply special bike sprays that reduce adhesion. In the winter months, it can also make sense to use oil with a lower viscosity in the spring elements to ensure responsive suspension at low temperatures. The thinner consistency of the oil helps to avoid stiffness and enables optimal performance of the suspension elements in cold weather conditions.

MTB IN WINTER – THE SHORT BIKE CHECK BEFORE EVERY TOUR

A quick bike check before every MTB tour in winter is crucial to avoid unpleasant surprises on frosty trails. Start by checking moving parts such as joints and the rear derailleur and ensure thorough lubrication to ensure smooth shifting. Check tire pressure and adjust for winter conditions to optimize grip and traction. Also check the condition of the brakes to ensure they work properly even at low temperatures.

ADAPTING YOUR RIDING TECHNIQUE IN ICE AND SNOW – MOUNTAIN BIKING IN WINTER

Mountain biking in winter requires skillful adjustment of your riding technique, especially on icy and snowy trails. Start with an anticipatory driving style to be safe on suddenly slippery sections. Reduce your speed before corners to avoid uncontrolled slides and falls. If the surface is slippery, it may make sense to avoid clipless pedals as you can put your foot down more quickly. If you are riding an e-mountain bike, pay attention to your motor support or the selected mode, as low temperatures can affect the performance of your battery. Also reduce the tire pressure for more grip and keep your center of gravity nice and central so that the bike can be driven along the trails in a balanced manner!

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BIKE CLOTHING TO NOT GET FREEZING OR WET IN WINTER

In order not to freeze on the bike in winter and to stay dry at all times, choosing the right clothing is crucial. It's best to rely on the proven onion system, starting with Merino underwear for optimal warmth and breathability. You should wear a warming layer that is also breathable. When it rains, you should wear a waterproof or windproof jacket as a third layer to prevent moisture and drafts from reaching your body. A complementary tube mask protects your airways and throat from cold air. Complete your outfit with a helmet cap, lined gloves and MTB winter shoes or overshoes to keep your feet warm. Glasses also protect you from cold wind, while heated insoles in your shoes provide additional warmth.

You can find out how to brave the cold and what you should pay attention to in traffic when cycling in winter in the blog article “Cycling in winter: 5 tips for safe cycling in the cold season” .

SOMETIMES YOU SHOULD JUST LEAVE YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE STAND IN WINTER!

In extreme winter conditions, especially temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius and lower, it makes sense to leave your mountain bike behind. In such extreme cold temperatures, not only can the technical components of the bike suffer, but your personal safety can also be compromised. Icy trails and slippery conditions make mountain biking risky. In such cases, it is advisable to switch to alternative activities or wait for warmer days to protect both you and your bike.

A QUESTION OF RUBBER – WHICH MTB TIRES MAKE SENSE IN WINTER?

Choosing the right MTB tires in winter is crucial for a safe and effective riding experience on winter trails. Coarse treads are ideal on rocky or rooty routes. Mud tires with long, hard lugs are particularly suitable for use on soft forest floors or in the snow. Studded tires can be recommended at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. There are two-row and four-row versions - two-row are good for changeable weather conditions, while four-row are particularly effective on hard snow or ice. Winter tires should have harder rubber compounds and be driven with lower air pressure than in summer. A high tire volume ensures an improved contact surface on snow and ice. Recommended tire models for winter include the Continental Mud King, Maxxis Shorty, Schwalbe Ice Spiker for icy conditions, Schwalbe Dirty Dan and Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus.

PREVENT INJURIES IN WINTER WITH THE RIGHT MTB PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

When mountain biking in winter, the choice of protective equipment depends on the area of ​​use and the terrain. A helmet is always a given. Depending on the trail, you can choose between an open face or full face helmet. On demanding trails, chest and back armor can offer you additional protection. Knee pads and elbow pads are particularly recommended to protect your joints from injury, especially when the trails are slippery and falls are inevitable.

THE CORRECT MOUNTAIN BIKE LIGHTING FOR WINTER TOURS IN THE DARKNESS

The correct mountain bike lighting for winter tours in the dark is crucial for your safety and unadulterated riding fun. Use powerful headlights with enough brightness to optimally illuminate the trail in front of you. Ideally, supplement it with an additional helmet light to be able to focus on specific sections. Taillights increase visibility and safety in the dark, especially in winter conditions. Make sure that the batteries are fully charged and, if necessary, take spare batteries with you.

WHEN MOUNTAIN BIKING IN WINTER, KEEP AN EYE ON FOOD AND NAVIGATION

When mountain biking in winter, food and navigation are particularly important. When it's cold, your body requires more energy, but the challenge is that energy bars can freeze faster. A good solution to this problem is to carry the bars close to your body to protect them from freezing. Warm tea in the drinking bottle can also provide cozy warmth from the inside. With regard to navigation, it should be noted that the cold drains the battery of navigation devices more quickly. It is advisable to stay on well-known trails in order to prevent possible orientation problems in the wintry environment and to make the tour safe.

THE CORRECT CLEANING AND CARE AFTER THE MTB WINTER TOUR

Proper cleaning and care after an MTB tour in winter are crucial for the long-lasting function of your bike. Road salt, dirt, ice and snow in particular can quickly cause problems for your mountain bike. A thorough cleaning should be carried out immediately after the tour to remove aggressive residues from the bike. Pay particular attention to areas that are susceptible to wear and damage. Warm water is recommended here, as cold water on the bike can freeze again in sub-zero temperatures. It also makes sense to store the bike in a room at room temperature after cleaning.

Checking for wear and possible damage after each tour should also not be neglected. This way you can identify problems early and fix them before the damage becomes too severe.

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