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Prepare for winter bicycle riding in the Seattle area

The cold winter months are here, but some Seattle residents are still going to brave the wintry precipitation and frigid temperatures to enjoy time on their bike. Before you head out on a ride, you have to ensure that you've taken proper steps to stay safe.

One of the most serious concerns during the winter months is frostbite. This can happen quickly when the temperatures dip. Remember that the temperatures you experience when you ride will be colder than when you stand still because of the windchill.

In order to combat this, you should dress in layers to provide a barrier between your skin and the air. Make sure that you cover as much skin as you can, including your hands. Riding gloves can help to protect your fingers. This is important because it is difficult to keep control of your bike if you can't feel or move your fingers.

You also have to plan for dealing with the snow and ice on the ground. If you see a very icy spot or a considerable amount of snow on the ground, it is usually best to get off your bicycle and walk it through that area. You might consider letting a bit of air out of the tires to address the need for more grip.

Motorists might not watch for bicycles as much during the winter months. You need to be vigilant to increase your safety. If you are hit by a motorist, you might suffer serious injuries. Make sure that you seek the compensation you need to deal with medical bills and other expenses and damages.

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