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Winter Biking

Derek Kanwischer

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 44
The weather may be hard to gauge these days, but it is tough to deny that some semblance of winter has arrived and we will be dealing with the cold, icy, wet, snowy, rutted, slushy, puddly conditions for at least a few months. So, as a winter bicyclist I am offering my two cents on preparation and riding in this season. Add your own, if you have your own suggestions.

1. dress in layers
2. fenders are good
3. wear a helmet: I sometimes like the ski helmet for the added warmth
4. studded tires: I don't use them, but some people like them
5. oil that chain: do this regularly (weekly) to keep your ride from rusting and wasting away.
6. bike lights: essential at night
7. wear goggles for cold and/or snowy conditions
8. road versus sidewalks: depends on the conditions: if the roads are real bad or impassible, I'll duck onto the sidewalks and take it real slow being respectful of any walkers.
9. follow the rules: be courteous as always and respectful of vehicles even though they should be offering right of way. Be aware they may not expect to see bikes and their windshields may be fogged or frosted over.
10. Go to Free Cycles to keep your ride tuned up: www.freecycles.orgĀ 
Rebecca Dane

Joined: Aug 31, 2010
Posts: 211
Location: Missoula Montana
A down coat helps too 

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Chip Haynes

Joined: Feb 05, 2014
Posts: 53
Location: Clearwater, Florida
Ah, but moving to Florida works well, too.

Rules for Winter Biking in Florida:

1. Yes, you still need sunscreen.

2. Mind the tourists. They're not from here.

3. Mind the locals. They are.

4. If you cycle along the coast, not all fins sighted are sharks. Only about half of 'em, actually. (The rest are mostly porpoise.)

5. Just because the thermometer says "55" deosn't mean it won't feel cold with 100% humidity. It will. Bring a coat. Yes, with shorts.

6. Socks are considered formal wear here, even in the winter.

They ya go, then. Welcome to my world.

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Ryan Workman

Joined: Sep 11, 2013
Posts: 36
I'll add these from my experience:

1. Mittens are warmer than gloves
2. Water proof boots
3. If you don't buy studded snow tires, let the air out of your tires a little, better traction (but slightly harder pedaling, but you are pedaling through SNOW)
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