As we approach winter, our summer bikes may no longer be a smart option. The more extreme weather like wind and snow means that our bikes must have what it takes to handle the harsh weather. With approximately 7.5 million people cycling in 2021, we want to make sure everyone gets the best bike for them this winter.
Before we get into our top bikes for winter riding, there are a number of features that we think are essential for a good winter bike.
- Space for wide tyres and mudguards – Wider sized tyres tend to be tougher due to their slightly lower pressure which means that they can grip the land they ride, giving the bike added comfort to the winter roads. Mudguards are vital in ensuring the protection of your gear from muddy terrain and when you are riding in a group, you’ll also prevent mud splatter from getting on your riding friends.
- Disc brakes – More powerful disc brakes will give your bike a more consistent braking power so you can ride with peace of mind that your brakes are less likely to fail you when you need them most.
- A durable frame – Avoid carbon and aluminium frames this winter with salt from the road and other cleaning products possessing the power to slowly eat away at the frame. Instead, opt for steel, the frame will hold its own after countless rides in all weather conditions.
Whilst having all of these features will help you to have a safer – and better time this winter, accidents can still occur so ensuring that you get the best cycle insurance is critical – especially if you are planning on getting one of the following bikes.
Here are our top 3 bikes that are perfect for winter.
The best road bikes for winter – Triban RC520
The cheap and cheerful bike for any keen rider this winter. They say that winter bikes should be cheap and that this is but with its smart hydraulic stopping and ingenious Hy/Rd callipers, this bike will have you performing at the top of your game – even in the wintery conditions. With space available for mudguards, wide tyres and overall durability, this bike is a great investment for this winter’s rides.
The best road bikes for winter – Ribble Endurance 725 disc
A bike that anyone would find attractive. This steel beauty is a great choice for its durability, good looks and overall comfort and it has received great reviews from critics. With clever handling, steering won’t be an added hazard for you on the dangerous winter roads which makes this a fine purchase for any rider who is looking to get active this winter.
The best road bikes for winter – Merida Scultura Endurance
With prices starting at £3600, this is certainly on the premium side of winter bikes but what you are getting in return is an adventurous bike, carefully designed to provide its rider with a steady riding experience as they navigate muddy, snowy or wet roads. The Merida Scultura is certainly a handsome bike and with room for 35mm tyres, it firmly solidifies itself as one of the more reliable options for a winter bike.