The Christmas season has finally arrived!
And with it comes all the festive traditions and celebrations that lead up to December 25th.
Decorations mince pies, Christmas trees. You know the drill!
But for all the excitement going on, it can become difficult to maintain a consistent and beneficial cycling schedule.
If you’re one of those avid cyclists that enjoys getting in the saddle at least once a day, there’s no doubt the Christmas period might put strain on your usual cycling habits.
All the time that gets taken up getting ready for the big day can seriously eat into your cycling time.
So, if you’re looking to get the most out of your favourite two-wheeled hobby this December, here are a few things that might help you stick to your schedule for cycling over Christmas:
Don’t eat too much!
This one is obvious, but it might not be as obvious as you think!
Christmas Day is the traditional day when we gorge ourselves on Christmas Turkey, Christmas Pudding and everything in-between!
But did you know that recent data has shown that the majority of people increase their daily food intake over the entire month, as opposed to just the single day?
That means you and other people you know could be unknowingly treating the entire month of December as their own personal feast month.
This won’t only force you to put on weight, but will undoubtedly begin to affect your cycling performance. Not good!
Add to this the fact that we’ve already mentioned you might struggle to shift the extra calories in December and you’ve got a serious problem.
So the next time you feel like reaching for a cheeky piece of cake, remember to treat your relationship to Christmas goodies with restraint this month.
You’ll thank us when you don’t have an extra stone to lose come New Year’s Day!
Get your Christmas shopping done ASAP
If you’re one of those people that like to leave all their Christmas shopping until the last minute and you’re still expecting to fit in some serious cycling over Christmas, we’ve got news for you.
More than any other time of year, Christmas (and the days leading up to Christmas) causes shoppers to scramble to their nearest supermarket or shopping complex in the hopes of picking up a last-minute Christmas bargain for their friends and loved ones.
But, depending on how last-minute your efforts are, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to take out your entire Christmas shopping list in one smooth hit.
You’ll end up returning the next day, or the day after, or trying somewhere else entirely when you start running out of options.
This is all time that could be spent cycling!
So get your Christmas shopping out of the way as early as possible (what are you waiting for?!) if you want any hopes of fitting in some good mileage this Christmas.
Account for light (or lack of it...)
They don’t call them “dark winter nights” for nothing!
Every year when the winter months roll in it becomes increasingly clear that the sun decided to stay out that little bit less each day.
Slowly but surely, she starts disappearing by mid-afternoon/early evening, leaving us totally reliant on streetlights.
For those of us who don’t enjoy cycling in the dark this can become an annoyance and detrimental to our cycling.
Instead of cycling in the evening, why not use the winter months as a reason to switch to morning cycles? That way you won’t be fighting the darkness as much.
Plus, many people who do cycle in the early morning say it’s a great way to start the day!
So start setting your alarm that little bit earlier and fit in some much needed cycling before the rest of your day begins. You may even feel better for it!
Check your bike
If you’re a keen cyclist, or even if you’re just an enthusiast starting out, you’ll most certainly be doing your best to look after your shiny set of wheels.
Bikes are like any other mode of transportation: With the right care and attention to detail they can give you a seamless and thoroughly enjoyable travel experience for years to come.
But the opposite is also true: if you don’t look after your bike, you’re setting yourself up for potential damage and a genuinely bumpy ride one unfortunate day.
The winter months can be especially cruel to our bikes too. Tire pressure suffering, brakes jamming or freezing up etc.
Be sure you’re giving your beloved bicycle a thorough check-up every now and again, and fix any nagging issues you come across.
That way, if you catch them early, they won’t eat into your cycling time!
2019 might almost be a wrap, but we’ve got plenty of exciting cycling holidays on sale in 2020!
Let's see where 2020 takes you!