Winter Cycling, an update…
I’ve continued cycling even though winter has arrived. So far, my kit is working well. Some things to note:
- I wrapped my handlebar grips with closed cell foam: big difference. A little more care needed manipulating brake levers and gear changers, but it is workable.
- Keep the chain lubricated. Worth repeating. Keep the chain lubricated.
- A Showers Pass jacket, on a merino wool base layer works well down to about 5C. Below that, add a mid layer. I’ve alternated using a regular short sleeved cycling jersey, to a Nike Hyperwarm long sleeve top. The Nike stuff is warm, warm, warm, and I frequently find even down to as low as -5C that I am even a bit too warm.
- The Nokian Mount and Ground studded tires are essential.
- Ride as though you don’t have brakes.
- Keep the upper body as quiet on the bike as you can.
- Snow hitting your eyeball at +30kmh or more can really sting. Wear cycling glasses or snow goggles. Sharp cut blue for daylight riding, clear or yellow lenses for night.
- It’s often easier to ride through untracked snow than to ride on the stuff that cars pack down. The packed down stuff can slab off and become very unstable.
- Concentrate on keeping the shoulders relaxed.