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Las Vegas, NV based FLO Cycling is taking steps to show their community how to maintain their bikes and cycling habits over the winter. As part of this outreach program, the company has published a blog post that explores which wheels are best to use during the cold season.
In ‘Road Cycling Wheels For Winter Riding,’ the company acknowledges that cyclists are likely to have a wide variety of questions on the subject, ranging from what tire pressure they should use to the kind of maintenance they need (if any). It is also important, the company says, to define what conditions represent winter for road cyclists. While there is no direct answer that covers all of these questions, the company is more than willing to share the benefit of their insight and help their community figure out what they need to keep moving this winter.
To begin with, the company speaks directly to their customer base, encouraging them to train and race on their FLO Wheels as much as possible. The primary reason for this is to breed familiarity, since cyclists need to implicitly understand how their wheels react to various terrain types and conditions on the day of their race. The more they use their wheels, the more they will learn how they function. FLO Cycling is also proud to reassure their customers that FLO Wheels are designed specifically for regular use — every day, in fact. They are not prone to wear and tear as might be expected from other wheels.
The company further recognizes that their customers make an investment every time they purchase FLO Wheels, and they want everyone to make the most of this investment. Since racing itself makes up very little of a cyclist’s time, the company believes that they should be able to enjoy their wheels outside of races as well. Thanks to their durable build, there is virtually no downside to using them for training.
Later in the article, the company notes that tire selections largely depend on road surface conditions. If there is very little snow in evidence, for instance, they reassure cyclists that they will be fine using their normal tires. In snowy areas, however, particularly where snow control measures need to be used (salt or sand), they recommend that cyclists use tires with more grip. However, the rougher surface conditions created in this environment may wear tires faster, so this should be taken into consideration.
FLO Cycling adds that the temperature range will not have much of an effect on a carbon wheel, but this does not mean that cyclists can ignore tire pressure and how it is affected by temperature. While many cyclists may prefer to air up their tires inside the comfort of their home, this is not advisable since the temperature will be different outdoors. This would mean that tires aired up inside would see a change in pressure once taken into the cold. The company says that a simple means to overcome this problem is to let the bike sit outside for around 20 minutes and then air it up. This will allow the tire pressure to remain more consistent.
In conclusion, FLO Cycling states that maintenance is especially important in the winter — and often even more so in the Pacific Northwest. The article’s author states, “This area has long, wet seasons, and in most places sand is used for snow control. This creates the perfect conditions for essentially creating sand paper for rim brake wheels. The worst wheel wear I see comes from this region.” The exact type of maintenance required will depend on whether the bike in question uses disc brakes or rim brakes, though the former is recommended for winter riding.
As explained later on the page, “Disc brakes are the best choice for winter cycling. Disc brakes do not make contact with the rim surface and therefore prevents the rim surface from being worn down by winter grit between the brake pads and brake track.”
The full blog post offers a great deal more information about bike wheels in winter and how cyclists can take care of their bikes. Should readers have any further inquiries, they are welcome to contact Jon Thornham of FLO Cycling.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
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