The cold season has rolled around again. Some of us ride no matter what season it is. It takes a special breed to muster up the mind to ride during late fall and into the winter months. The same enjoyment you get riding in the summer months you can get doing cold weather bicycle riding.
Why Do You Ride Your Bicycle?
There are many reasons that each person rides. Some do it for the exercise, some for outdoor activities, some to mingle with family and friends, some for commuting and my favorite for the thrill of it. I have been riding my bike for about three years now and cold weather does not stop me.
In fact, I look at it as a challenge in most cases. I have been told by my co-workers that I am an iron man because I ride in the winter even with snow on the ground. The only thing that would stop me is heavy snow or ice on the roads. I like challenges but I am not crazy.
No matter how much we enjoy riding we must still consider the safety factor. That includes icy roads, heavy snow and the safety from being exposed to the weather elements.
What I Do To Keep On Pedaling
I first realize that it is going to get cold every year so there is no need to shy from it. Then I get my game mind on by being up to the climate and telling myself I am going to win against it. The most important part is to prepare for it with the proper clothing.
Last winter I rode in temperatures of 25 and 30 degrees. It really wasn’t that bad because I dressed properly and the pedaling sort of builds up warmth underneath your clothing. I remember a few times I actually got hot. The only thing that use to let me know it was cold were my feet and sometimes my hands.
But it never got too unbearable. What I did was used a balaclava to shield my face really well, a good pair of gloves and some underclothing like thermals. I had a really good jacket with a hood I could close up pretty good and in really cold weather I would put on a fleece hat under the hood.
If you really want to handle the really cold weather you can put on a pair of insulated coveralls and I promise you the cold weather will not be an issue. I work at a safety company that sells Carhartt brand clothing and I found out that they make some really warm clothing amongst other distributors. Once you have the right gear it is more of a mind thing from that point. Below are a few items that will help out that you can purchase by clicking on them.
Cycling is fun, challenging and good for your health. Plus it helps to save on automobile expenses if you ride as often as you can. But I want to stress that it is an added risk when riding in cold weather conditions so just be aware of that and take all necessary steps to stay healthy & safe.
Below is a video of a trooper like me that makes some good points and it also shows you that there are some of us who don’t back down to the weather when we want to ride out.
If you want to give it a go this winter visit Ron’s Cycle Plus Store where you can get all your necessary biking needs from lights to clothing and even bicycles themselves. I hope you enjoyed the post and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below.