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.org
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)