I just got home from a bike ride – a scouting mission. It is currently 23 degrees out accoring to my iGoogle weather widget.
I was scouting for a good route to take from my house to work. I’m thinking about gearing up to bike to work through the winter. I assume 23 degrees will seem quite warm compared to what I’d be riding in most days, so I’m gonna need some winter gear.
Does anyone have a lot of experience biking in the winter? I’m not talking about San Diego winter, this is Minnesota.
I know I’m gonna need some type of shoe covers or better shoes. With 2 pairs of socks (one pair wool), my toes were absolutely frozen solid.
The next worst part was all the exposed skin on my face. I need a good face mask and maybe goggles. Any recomendations? This is what I was thinking. I’d need something that can work with my glasses – and not get all fogged up.
I will need better gloves no doubt. Damm some gloves can be expensive. What will keep my fragile finger nice and warm in sub-zero, windy, snowy, crappy weather?
Then all I still need is some long-johns or some type of bottom layer to cover my legs underneath pants, probably some studded tires, a better lighting system.
It would probably be cheaper to pay for all the gas I’d use to just drive, but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun.
So get your bike ready for winter and lets go find some ninjas!