Some conditions are good for cycling, some not so good and the difference between them may be a bit surprising. In this post, I am limiting my discussion to cycling to and from work, commuting, rather than racing or fitness (such as a race-training ride) or pleasure (such as heading out for a coffee or … More Best Conditions for Winter Commuting by Bike
Cycling during the winter is challenging, not just because you have to get used to dealing with and dressing for the cold but also because, in snowy climates, you have to cycle in snow and ice. Snow is not as solid as pavement, neither does it nor ice provide the traction of pavement and so, … More Controlling the Bike in the Snow
There seems to be a lot of entitlement these days: people seem to behave more and more as if they’re entitled, by that I mean, they behave as if they are the most important and you must respect that. What I’m thinking of at this time is that entitled persons depend on (challenge?) others to keep them … More Safety is a Personal Responsibility
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
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
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
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