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November 30, 2009



It gets dark early in winter. "Don't look like a ninja" is my favourite tip.


Hello there. In Ireland we do not get Snow much only occasionally in January and it usually only lasts a Day or two. Except for that rare Year in 10 when we might even have it for 8 Days.

What we do get is a lot of Rain and it can get very Frosty at Night time with Ice on the Roads at Night and Daytime. So wet Weather Gear is important preferably light and warm.

I have a Goretex Jacket which is very light that has a Hood if you want to use it. Also I have two Pairs of Gloves,one for Summer and the other Pair for the Cold Winter Weather. The light Pair is Pearl Izumi which keeps your Hands warm if not to Cold and gives you more Flexibility and these are good for Summer as well as the Palms are Padded in case you fall. The other Pair is Thick very Warm and Waterproof they are Avenir Gloves by Raleigh.

I also have a Pair of Cheap Overtrousers to keep the wet off my Trousers. We are lucky that our Weather never gets any Colder than Minus 5 - 9 Celsius at worse and this is very rare it mostly only gets to -3 Celsius.

If you put on to much Clothes it is to Hot and restrictive unless you were going up the Mountains in the Extreme Cold. But for normal Utilitarian City Cycling or Spins around the Coastline for 10-15 Miles then the Goretex Jacket is fine.
If you have Smooth Clincher Racing style Tyres then you had better Change them for Tyres with Grip like Touring Tyres for Winter Tyres or Else you will be Skidding all over the Road,which is what I done on my Trek.

I also have a big Dutch Bike for Carrying Groceries or anything big like Baulks of Timber or even Cement. I use it a lot for the City ,it has nice Fat comfortable Tyres.Dublin Ireland 10.30pm GMT.


Two great sources, both complete and easy to read:

Bicycle Users Group in Toronto: http://www.toronto.ca/bug/cold_weather.htm

Mountain Equipment Co-op: http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302881789&CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673870729


Jeff S.

The best piece of clothing I've bought is a half-face mask made by Sierus. It covers my face from nose to neck, as well as my ears. I simply couldn't ride on colder days without it.

The best tire I've used in winter is a studded Nokian Mount and Ground W160, which has 160 carbide studs embedded close to the center of the tire. Yet it rolls pretty well (with a cool buzzing sound on bare asphalt).

The last tip I should give is to use a helmet cover (or build a dedicated winter helmet by permanently gluing nylon between the foam and the plastic). Despite my mostly-bald head, a covered helmet is warm enough to use without a hat or balaclava!


Something that can apply to Cyclists and Motorists alike: Slow down!
You never know what's under snow.
Three times (all within 24 hours) I wiped out on black ice do to my own stupidity.

Thankfully so far, we haven't seen ANY trace of the white stuff!

Jeff Carter

Studded tires really do work. However, don't overinflate them, particularly if the studs are toward the edge of the tire. They won't do much if they don't touch the ice.

For those with the ability to do so, I also highly recommend growing a full beard to keep the face warm. Works for me, down to about -20 C anyway.

Brad Mitchell

I would recommend a Schmidt SON generator hub so that you have constant lighting (I've put almost 30 000 winter kilometres on one, they take the salt and wet better than anything else), Nokian A10 tires--I find they corner better and roll better than the other Nokian tires (run the widest ones you can, I'm running 650b x 38c), and that you run a fixed gear with brakes--nothing gives you more control in sloppy conditions. If having only one gear is a little intimidating then Sturmey Archer is bringing back their 3 speed fixie hub this year.
I gave up my car 6 years ago and commute from downtown Waterloo to Toyota daily (35-40k round trip).
I also recommend brushing everything you can (and especially spoke nipples or they'll turn to powder in the spring) with a light coating of grease. And, if you're out there every day get a pair of Assos winter bibtights. They may be expensive but they're warm, comfortable (up to about -10C), and durable.


Think out side the box. Get your mountain bike out and go where you can't go in the summer. Ride across a frozen lake or find a trail packed down be a snowmobile. If it is below freezing and there is not too much fresh snow then go for a ride. Tie your kids sleigh to the back of your bike and take them along. The work out is way better then going to the gym. Have fun!


Gear: Seirus face mask with a kleenex stuffed in behind the nose area, or a handkerchief pinned to the back of my glove, Keen waterproof boots (lace-up, but easy to slip on and off without undoing the laces), the warmest mitts I can find, and lots of unzippable layers. And EarBags!! I just love those things, and they don't add bulk or interfere with my helmet. I want to try some home-made Glad Bag bike pogies this year, too. And maybe goggles or safety glasses - I'm worried about fogging up though.

Riding: I take off-road trails if possible. I avoid braking or turning on ice or anything made of metal (rail tracks, grates). I leave work early for my home office to avoid cycling in the dark, and I count down to Dec 21, when the days will start getting longer again. I view each trip on the bike at this time of year as another small victory. And I remind the impatient motorists that even if they take a few extra moments to get around me, they shouldn't worry about me stealing their parking spots.

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This year, around here, it has been an especially long "cycling season" for the seasonal cyclist. I'm hoping the lack of snow and the increasing cold could have the effect of showing the seasonal cyclist how the riding season need not stop, if the proper approach is taken to preparing for the cold weather.

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It does not all matter where you live, following these tips will help you ride your bike outdoors on all but the most inclement winter days.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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