• Don’t take to warm clothes. After 1-2 km You are war enought to feel comfortable. If You take to warm clothes, it’s gonna be hot and You’ll be wet, which is not comfortable and might chill You very fast during stop on lights.
  • Take some warm clothes with You in case, when You need to stop for longer period (talk to friend who You meet, unpredictable stop cousing by flat tire) to prevent rapid cooling.
  • keep in mind warm Your feet,.knees, hand and neck.
  • below -15 oC, it’s good to use some cream on face.

I do cycle a lot during winter. Winters here are quite calm so I just wear warmer clothes. Never cycled on snow neither, sorry for not being useful at all. :/

What’s winter like where you live? Biking on light snow is totally doable.

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I would say just try it out. Not much can go wrong if the distance isn’t super long.

During winter I would always ride really carefully, wear very warm clothing that I can take off in parts, because I’ll get really warm fast. Take a scarf with you or something to cover your face with, if it snows that can be helpful.

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Yep I commuted several winters in Chicago and biking in the snow was def doable. Here are some tips:

  • don’t go out and buy stuff, start with wht you have and upgrade incrementally as you discover what works and doesn’t
  • here’s what I wore which kept me warm enough down to about 15F: synthetic undershirt, synthetic base layer long sleeve shirt, lightly insulated waterproof winter shell jacket, bike tights padded in the ass, waterproof shell pants, waterproof boots, light windproof gloves, a thin insulated hat that fit under a helmet, and sunglasses. I have a beard and it kept my face warm
  • when it got colder I wore heavier gloves, a neoprene-like balaclava, and a ski helmet, and occasionally ski goggles
  • as long as you keep your heart rate up, you’ll be warmer than you think. It’s important that you have a place that’s warm to change on the other end. If you stop moving you’ll get cold
  • biking in snow and ice is doable as long as you don’t accelerate much, turning, speeding up, and braking are when things get dicey
  • fenders are a must
  • I recommend riding the shittiest bike you have bc it’s going to get fucked up by Ice and salt. I rode a cheap single speed and would go through at least one chain per winter biking about 70 miles per week.
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Definitely! Buying tighs also helped me a great deal, they’re very comfy and allowed me to reduce the amount of clothing I had to wear. You should maybe ask other cyclists around, as they’re experienced with the local climate and will be able to tell you exactly what kind of clothes you should be wearing to ride comfortably.

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