The snow, ice, and muck that cover the roads in winter can add a layer of difficulty to riding when the temperature drops. If you have unlimited funds and garage space, you can have a dedicated winter commuting whip that’s designed to handle the rough conditions. For the rest of us, a few smart upgrades and accessories can turn your standard road bike or commuter into a winter-ready machine. Here’s the gear you need to winterize your bike.
Topeak Defender Clip-On Fenders ($70)
If you’re riding through snow and ice, you’ll want clip-on fenders so you can remove them and knock them clean if they get clogged. The Topeak Defender is one of the most popular options on the market, with different models built to fit specific bikes.
Light and Motion Urban 1000 Front Light ($120)
The brighter the light, the safer the ride, which is why we like the Urban 1000. It emits 1,000 lumens of LED light on its brightest setting, and it’s waterproof and impact resistant and has a handlebar strap so you can take it with you when you lock up your bike. It charges in just a few hours via USB and has a six-hour battery life on the lowest setting.
Portland Design Works Gravity Plus Rear Light ($40)
It’s not the brightest rear light on the market, but it is the smartest. The Gravity is waterproof and USB chargeable and offers two settings: a 20-lumen solid red for night riding and an 80-lumen blinking red for day riding. The integrated accelerometer detects when you’re braking and turns it into a 100-lumen brake light.
Schwalbe Marathon Plus Road Tires ($40)
The Marathon Plus is one of the most popular winter road tires, thanks to its Kevlar construction, reinforced sidewalls, and beefy tread pattern. A reflective stripe on the sidewalls provides added visibility at night.
Revelate Designs Feedbag Handlebar Bag ($50)
The Feedbag easily straps to your handlebar so you can have one-handed access to food or gear. It’s the perfect spot for your stainless-steel vacuum insulated mug of morning coffee during winter commutes.
Pedro’s Pig Pen II Drivetrain Maintenance Kit ($42)
Keeping your bike clean on a regular basis during winter will help prolong the life of the frame and components. Use this chain cleaning kit to degrease the links and drivetrain before applying a bit of lube to keep it running smooth.