The aim of the project is to obtain approval for a funded, advanced R&D project in cooperation with Saxon companies and research institutions. This includes extensive research, the identification of scientific and industrial partners, the structured evaluation of the existing knowledge base, the preparation of the content of the application, and the application for the R&D project.
Warm and dry cycling in bad weather
Many people use their bicycle instead of a car as their daily means of transport. In summer, with a few exceptions, this is also possible in a relaxed manner. Some cyclists do not want to give up cycling in the autumn and winter months either. And they don't have to! As long as they observe a few points to protect their own safety and that of other road users, nothing stands in the way.
Warm and safe through autumn and winter
Just because winter is around the corner doesn't mean you have to leave your bikes in the basement. Cycling in the winter strengthens your immune system through exercise in the fresh air and makes you less susceptible to nasty colds. You can easily protect yourself against the sub-zero temperatures by wearing warm clothing, which should be breathable so that you don't sweat too much. You should also wear gloves that are not too thick for braking and shifting gears. Last but not least, don't forget your hat, as most of your body heat is lost through your head.
If you're a cyclist who really doesn't want to do without your bike, you should consider winter tyres for your bike. A siped tread with good grip is recommended; it gives you a secure grip on slush and snow. Reduce the tyre pressure to the minimum specified by the manufacturer. The effect is that the resulting larger contact surface hugs the road surface better.
Please remember that the braking distance increases in wet conditions despite good tyres and cannot prevent slipping. You should therefore adapt your riding style to the weather at all times, regardless of the tyres you use.
How to protect yourself in bad weather
For most cyclists, cold and wet weather is the biggest challenge. But you can easily protect yourself with the right rainwear, which is also a big topic at tex-lock at the moment. We are currently in the middle of developing our own rainwear. "raijn" was developed as a multifunctional hybrid that transforms from an everyday parka into a rainproof overall in a matter of seconds. The ultra-light three-layer material ensures that you stay dry in all weather conditions. "raijn" is expected to be available in the middle of next year. You can already pre-order it now via the Backerkit platform.