The mornings are getting lighter, rides are getting longer and we’ve even seen a glimpse of the sun this week! There are clues everywhere that spring, with all its beautiful colours is coming. Now is the time to find out how you can kick start your cycling season with tips from Laka's community of cyclists.

Solo bike ride through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Photo by Gary Butterfield 

As a bicycle insurer, we know from experience that spring is when everything truly kicks off again. All of those winter club runs, taking public transport to work and Zwift sessions hibernating in the garage are finally over! The spike in bicycle riding also sees a spike in accidents and claims, so make sure you keep yourselves safe and remember to cover all your new summer kit!

You can now cover £2,000 worth of accessories & clothing on your Laka bicycle cover, leaving you able to enjoy the Spring season care-free!

How to dress for spring?

Spring riding also comes with a few bugbears, one being how do you dress for warmer and more changeable conditions? The short answer is thinner layers that can easily be stowed in a back pocket for when the temperature rises. A lighter base layer will help keep your core warm, whilst a leg warmers or tights will keep the chill off of your legs!

A rain jacket is a great idea especially as the showers are always around the corner at this time of year! A gilet is perhaps a lighter option that will adequately give you extra protection on a windy day. Meanwhile these Castelli Toe Thingys are a popular overshoe option as we edge towards a warm summer!

Bike Maintenance

Spring is also the best time to give your machine a once over to remove all of the dirt and grease which has built up over the winter. A complete strip and rebuild will leave your bike feeling like new for when you start gaining the speed again!

Areas to focus on are your drivetrain, brakes and your wheel setup. New brake pads, a new chain and a new pair of tyres will provide a vast improvement in how your bike rides coming up to summer.

Check out our blog post where we cover how to have the smoothest drivetrain set-up!

Join a club

Joining a local cycling group is a great way to start riding further and faster with ease. Riding in a group provides that extra motivation which might be needed if targeting a specific goal. All cycling clubs are different, whether that's road cycling, mountain biking, BMX or track riding, so check out  British Cycling's club finder for a group that suits you.

Goal Setting

Having a clear cycling goal for the summer will help you push through the spring season and remain mentally strong. The goal can be anything from riding 100 miles to riding to work every day. Maybe you're targetting an event or you might want to try another sport. Riding without a goal in mind can become aimless and your morale may dip as a result.

It's also good to make the goals small and achievable. There isn't really much point aiming to ride the Tour de France if you haven't yet got off of the sofa!

Whilst the effects of coronavirus may have put a pause on your cycling season, it's important to keep a firm goal to stop you losing any hard-earned fitness. Perhaps adjusting your goal to an event later in the year so it's less likely to be affected by the pandemic!

If you're trying to stay inside, how about trying Zwift's Tour of Watopia which is online now until early April. The tour consists of 5 stages, all completed on the turbo in Zwift's virtual cycling world. You can race or ride the events, and you'll receive a special jersey as a result! You can find out more here!

Stay Healthy

The most important thing is to keep on top of your health and wellness at this time of year. With allergies, recurring injuries, unpredictable weather and a whole host of other things flying around, you want to make sure you put your health first.

It won't matter if you have to rest because of recurring illness and it won't matter if you miss the group ride because of a thunderstorm! Ultimately your personal needs and wellbeing come first.

Photo by Simon Connellan 

Join the Laka Collective

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