Me and My Azor has a new Winter Cycling board on Pinterest, check it out!
For two weeks I tried to live with the saddle that came on my Trek, but alas I could not resist getting a Brooks.
I have come to accept that winter cycling where I live will not be a fashionable affair. Protecting my body from the frigid air is more important than looking stellar.
To keep warm in the -25 to -30 degrees celsius range I have been wearing:
On my head, face and neck...
Pearl Izumi Barrier Headband
Bula Survival Neoprene Face Mask
Smith Transit Goggles
On my core...
Long-sleeve RBX wicking base layer
Columbia Jacket (insulating middle layer)
MEC Crosstown Jacket (waterproof and windproof outer layer)
On my hands...
Black Diamond Soloist Finger Mitts
On my legs...
Polar Fleece Tights and Power Shield Rain Pants
On my feet...
Wigwam Trail Mix Fusion Merino Wool Socks
Timberland EK Mount Hope Waterproof Boots
The key is to dress in layers and not over dress. If you get too hot and sweat you will loose heat and become cold. If you are tackling winter cycling I suggest keeping a journal for the first week and see what you feel comfortable wearing.
This morning was my first bike ride in the snow EVER and I have to say all the worrying was a waste of energy. I kept having ludicrous daymares/nightmares of sliding into the freezing cold lake from the bike path and other sorts of insanity. To the contrary I felt extremely in control and never fell or even slid. I was worried about being amongst the cars on the slippery road, but they were beyond courteous (giving me more room than they ever did on the snow-less streets).
It felt like other winter riders were welcoming me into this exclusive club. In the spring/summer/fall every so often some friendly person would greet me with a "hello" or "good morning" for sure, but this morning EVERY single person biking greeted me in some way. There was this odd sense of community amongst the bikers and I liked being apart of it.
This is going to be a great winter!
Me is a "lifestyle cyclist" and a lover of all things bicycle!