Dressing for Winter Cycling = (Cold Temperature x Wind Speed) / Body Heat

When I say “winter”, I am referring to what’s known as a typical Canadian winter during which temperatures are generally in the -10 to -20C range and may be as low as -30C or even -40C (but more rarely these days because of climate change). Even though I call these conditions typical Canadian winter conditions, … More Dressing for Winter Cycling = (Cold Temperature x Wind Speed) / Body Heat

Dressing for Winter Cycling – Layering is Da Bomb

The reason why layering is best for the winter is because, in addition to insulation from within the clothing layers themselves, between each layer of clothing is a pocket of air that also provides insulation. Additionally, layering is flexible and adaptable so, on different days or in different conditions, you can play with layering options: thicker or more layers on colder days, the reverse on milder days, and also, after a cold morning commute to work with thicker and/or more layers, you can remove a layer or two for the milder commute home. With a single bulky winter coat, you can’t be as adaptable. … More Dressing for Winter Cycling – Layering is Da Bomb

Dressing for Winter Cycling – How to Get Dressed

The discussion so far is primarily focused on the trunk of the body—the chest and the abdomen—and the arms but the principle of layering applies elsewhere too.

It may take some time but you’ll have to determine what your body needs on your own. You may be more tolerant of cold than someone else, you may have different clothes than someone else and also I find that I am more tolerant of cold in the spring than in the fall (warming up to -5C is easier than cooling down to -5C). Just like bringing extra water on hot days, bringing an extra layer for cold days, even if you think you have a good handle on what your body needs, may always be a good idea: the wind on the main streets may be stronger than by your house, you may cool off waiting for construction to let you go by or for many other reasons, it is a good idea to bring an extra layer. … More Dressing for Winter Cycling – How to Get Dressed

Dressing for Winter Cycling – Loving the Winter Rides

To a certain extent, I almost enjoy cycling in the winter more than during the summer. Is it because I get astonished looks from friends and co-workers? Maybe. Is it because I get to give Mother Nature the finger because I just rode my bike through the worst she could throw at me? Quite likely. On a bright sunny cold day, it is nice to get out on the bike and bathe in the bright light, especially if I find a hard packed path on the frozen lake: who wouldn’t enjoy riding across the lake in the winter, not me! … More Dressing for Winter Cycling – Loving the Winter Rides