As the seasons change, the Keweenaw offers a different kind of road ride. Fall brings cooler temps, wet weather, but also some gorgeous foliage. We believe the best way to see the fall colors is from the seat of your bike.
Know the road conditions
Fall riding in the Keweenaw – it could be a gorgeous 60-degree day and sun or 40 degrees and rain. It’s important to know what kind of roads you will be riding on and prepare accordingly. If you know you will be riding on wet roads, reducing your tire pressure can help you increase traction by increasing the amount of contact your tire has with the road. Don’t let out too much pressure though, be sure you have enough for your riding weight and to ensure you mitigate your risk for a pinch flat.
Bring the necessary supplies
As with all rides, it’s important to bring along the proper supplies, especially if you plan to be out for a longer ride. An extra bike tube, multi-tool, and enough energy snacks and water for the amount of time you plan to be out riding are all good things to bring along.
Wear proper clothing
One of the biggest differences between your summer and fall riding preparation is clothing. Fall weather is unpredictable, making light layers one of your greatest assets. A light thermal layer with a vest to regulate your core and then a wind/rain layer is always a great place to start. As the weather grows colder, you may want to add a thicker thermal layer or a softshell layer. If you’re local or visiting the area, stop by the shop and we’ll gladly show you some of our favorite faithful layering options.
Be seen – be bright and bring lights
Along with the changes in weather also comes changes in the amount of available daylight. The days grow shorter as we approach winter and so sometimes we find ourselves riding home in the dark or near dark. Riding on the road at those times poses a different set of challenges as we negotiate sharing the road with cars. Being seen is incredibly important. The best way to be seen is the be bright and bring lights. Wear bright colors such as neon green, yellows, or other bright hues. Clothing with reflective fabric is also popular and effective. Secondly, bring a light. A headlight/taillight combo will help you to see and be seen. These options are important additions to your road bike and apparel and greatly increase your safety on the road.
Have fun – fall events
We ride because it’s fun. Whether you’re out for a solo pedal or getting together with friends, we encourage you to enjoy these last few snow-less weeks. Fall events are a great way to maintain your cycling momentum and to motivate you to keep riding even as the weather gets cooler. One event we always look forward to every fall is the Copper Country Fall Color Tour. The Copper Country Color Tour is an annual scenic ride hosted by Michigan Tech Cycling/C4. You can enjoy riding along the pristine shores of Lake Superior and through the Keweenaw’s colorful forests. It’s a great ride to do with friends.
We hope you enjoy the changing seasons as much as we do. If you have any questions about road riding, layers, or local ride events – stop by. We’d love to talk and answer any of your questions.