Some of us grumble and cuss at the weather … others of us suck it up and battle old man winter ..
Below is a post from one of our members Chris L
Why put the bike away for 5 months? The Canadian winter riding experience.
I woke this morning at my usual time 6:00. A quick check of the weather conditions showed it would be a balmy -12 with wind-chill, and no precipitation. The aftermath of the recent ice storm and ensuing deep freeze bringing us -40 wind chills in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was now behind us, and the roads had finally cleared of ice. This time of year you need to be cautious of black ice that may spring up to bite you. Stormy days need to be avoided, but with a couple of clear and cold days after a storm there is no ice left, it is really quite safe to ride. I recently acquired a cycle-cross steed to allow for slightly wider tires and lower air pressure to allow better traction and braking through the winter months.
Time to gear up….. fleeced tights, wool socks, a base layer, windproof light winter jacket (the heavy one is only needed with -20 temperatures), neoprene boot covers, winter weight weather resistant gloves, fleeced balaclava, and clear ski goggles. I was ready to battle it out with father winter.
The ride, albeit slower with all the gear, was fantastic! 1:09 for my 30km commute.