Prepping your bike for riding in inclement weather:
Switch it up – During the summer, most bike shops recommend using a “dry “ chain lube due to the dusty conditions we see. However in the winter time, when wet weather is all but guaranteed, we recommend switching to a “wet lube.” This type of chain lube stands up to wet weather and wont wash off as easily. Additionally, a “wet” lube helps protect against salt or other corrosives on the road.
Fend-off the elements – Investing in a good set of front and rear fenders will go a long way in protecting you and your bike. Fenders will help protect riders from water spraying off the front and rear wheels and protect the bike by limiting how much grit and grime is flung into the nooks and crannies of your bike frame .
Pump it up – Cold temperatures can change the air volume in your wheels and in your suspension. Make sure you check the pressure with an accurate tire pump and suspension pump. Additionally, when the weather turns wet, lowering your tire pressure a few PSI from your normal pressure will provide a slight traction advantage.
Storing your bikes for the winter
Never put it away wet – Whether you are commuting, enjoying fat biking, or getting in your weekend ride; never store your bike wet. Giving your bike a thorough wipe-down when you get home will help prevent rust and avoid costly spring repairs.
Don’t drop-it – As helpful as they are on the trail, dropper posts are meant to be stored extended. When your dropper is lowered, the post is actively “working.” Asking your dropper to work all winter will result in costly spring repairs and delay your early season ride plans.