Stylocycle’s Blog

New Year: One Photo.
January 6, 2009, 4:40 pm
Filed under: commute by bike, winter riding

I’m as pleased as punch to say that I started the first day of term without getting lazy, and instead stuck to my established routine. I rode into work on the Blue Beauty yesterday and it was really grand. The bike lanes are pretty much covered in the snow, but I can get right out into the main lanes with the BB, knowing that I’m really visible to the other cars, and that my saddle-bags encourage cars to give me a wider margin when they pass me (if they pass me). Interestingly, I always catch up to the cars at the lights. Really, everyone should just drive a lot more slowly in the city — we’d all get there in about the same amount of time anyway. We’d just spend *less* time stopped at the lights.
Anyway, riding temperatures this week range from minus 14 to minus 1, plus whatever windchill is out there.
Therefore, my riding gear of choice is definitely as follows:
Layers on top that include: a tank top, my icebreaker marino wool ‘under shirt’ and my Irish wool sweater. My Utex winter/rain coat does a good job over that for providing windbreak and waterproofing.

My face is generally covered by a neck warmer pulled up to my Scott ski goggles, and I wear my ski helmet (as in the photo below) because it has lots of padding, is super warm, and has vents that allow sound in at the ears. The goggles protect not only against cold, but against anything that might get chucked up from car tires.

Yesterday’s footwear was a pair of high-heeled Fluevogs with bootwarmers inserted in them. I wore dress pants to lecture in and they are cut too long to wear my usual flat boots with the grippy rubber soles.

When I arrive at the office, I just change out of the sweaters and into a dress shirt. I expect that I will function pretty much like so through to March.

And hey, as an added bonus: I weigh no more now *after Christmas binges* than I did before. The cycling continues to keep back-pain at bay, and is likely to get more comfortable when I purchase my new seat in the next month or so.

as for skiing, also for biking.

Bundled: as for skiing, also for biking.

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