If you’re not lucky enough to have a dedicated winter training bike, then you’re going to want to make sure that you single main bike is properly kitted out to get through winter without too much wear and tear, keeping you on the road and off the turbo trainer in the process.
For those looking for a guidance on how to get their bike ready for the shorter, colder, wetter days, we’ve got a handy guide here, but if you already know what you need and just want to cover off all the basics for as little money as possible, we’ve trawled the internet to find you the best deals currently available on mudguard, light sets, winter tyres, training wheels, and handlebar tap.
Mudguards might look ugly, but they’re an essential addition to any bike that you’re hoping to ride through the winter.
First of all they will protect the bike itself from salt and grit coming up off the road surface to work their way into your bearing, and secondly will help to you yourself dry and clean, hopefully making winter riding just that little bit more pleasurable.
And if you’re feeling particularly generous look for really long mudguards, or add a mudflap to your existing mudguards, therefore keeping riders behind you protected from the spray coming off you’re back wheel.
Ass Saver Extended
Crud Roadracer mudguards
SKS Raceblade Long 2 mudguards
You may not intend to do much riding at night, but shorter days in the depth of winter can mean that a puncture or two can be enough to find yourself getting home as it’s getting dark.
We’d therefore recommend keeping at least a rear light on your bike at all times during the winter months, with a front light also coming in handy if you’re heading out early on gloomy mornings.
Lezyne KTV Drive light set
Blackburn Local 75/Rear 10 light set
Lezyne Micro Drive 400XL/Micro Y9 light set
The last thing you want having forced yourself out of the door and into driving rain and gale force winds for a couple of hours on the bike, is to have to stop at the side of the road and try and get your frozen fingers into working order to fix a puncture.
Therefore it’s certainly worth splashing out on a good pair of winter tyres which will offer extra layers of puncture protection as well as maybe a bit of extra grip for wet conditions too.
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tyre
Schwalbe Durano tyre
Continental Grand Prix Four Season tyre
It may seem frivolous spending money on a pair of wheels that won’t help you go any faster, but spending a small amount of money on a cheap, hardy pair of training wheels for the winter is surely preferable than having your nice main set of wheels destroyed through constant subjection to mucky roads.
As well as being cheap, it’s worth looking for a pair of wheels with a high spoke count that will hold up well when that small puddle you’re riding into contains a massive pothole, and also hopefully a wide rim to give a bit of extra comfort on those long miles.
Rodi Airline 5 wheels
Shimano RS11 wheels
Shimano RS21 wheels
A new set of handlebar tape might seem like something for the start of summer, but the last thing you want on your bike at the start of winter is white bar tape. Instead, it’s worth getting a fresh wrap of black bar tape at this time of year.
Look for tape that offers a nice tacky grip, to make sure that your hands don’t slip when riding in wet conditions, and also nice thick tape that will offer a bit of extra padding when riding over rough roads.
Dead Mistral handlebar tape
SRAM Supercork handlebar tape
Fizik Superlight Dual Touch handlebar tape