Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Kansas City, and he’s brought with him a bunch of ice, snow and chilly temperatures. Whether you bike for fun or transportation, biking can definitely become more challenging in the winter, especially if you’re not prepared. Just as some people put on their snow tires on their cars for winter, many cyclists move to their heftier bikes with better brakes and traction when the snow begins to fall. Fortunately, B-cycle bikes will be out all winter long and are a great option when it comes to winter riding. But why?
1. No maintenance: Decreased temp and increased moisture make for an increased need for regular bike maintenance to keep your bike free of winter grit and grim. Avoid getting your usual commuter bike gummed up or possibly damaged by salted streets and choose B-cycle instead. B-cycle repairs and maintenance are made by a qualified mechanic with regular safety checks on all the bikes.
2. Better stopping power: All B-cycles have drum brakes, which have increased stopping power over traditional rim brakes on most bikes, meaning you’ll be able to stop more quickly in wet, or slippery conditions.
3. Wider tires for increased traction and control on slippery streets: Usually ride a road bike with skinny slick tires? Gain better control when there’s ice or snow on the roads with 1.5″ wide tires.
4. Protection from the elements: Fenders, chain guard and skirt guards mean you won’t get wet and grimy on your ride.
5. Basket space: Baskets have plenty of space to hold hot cocoa or a giant thermos full of coffee!
6. Lights that never die out: Rear and front lights on the bike keep you safe, even when riding early in the morning or in the evening on your daily commute.
6. Close proximity to warm-up spots: Every B-cycle station is within a block of a coffee shop or restaurant where you can take a break and warm up!