Again, this is where a good frame
bag is killer. You can have your hydration bag on your back, with just water
in it, and you can have a separate place
to store layers of clothing and not have
to cram them into a huge, sweaty backpack.
Gloves: Some folks use Winter Bike
Poggies. I get away with a nice warm
cycling mitt, as my hands tend to run
a lot warmer than most. Disposable
hand warmers are also a great trick.
On really cold rides, I will stash some
in my mitts to build up heat, especially
when I just start riding and have yet to
warm up. I usually keep one or two in
my frame bag as insurance as well.
Helmets: Helmets run the gamut.
If you sweat a lot, going with a helmet
liner and a basic bike helmet is comfortable. If you run cold, use an insulated ski helmet.
Eyewear: Goggles or good glasses
with large facial coverage can be awesome. If it is windy and snowing, they
can save your ride and really keep your
face warm. I need to define “cold.”
Here in Minnesota, we define cold as
around 20 degrees or less. If the sun
is out and there is no wind, then 0
degrees can be downright balmy when
you’re working hard on a fat bike; however, 25 degrees with 30-mile-an-hour
headwinds can feel like the arctic due
to wind chill. Having a pair of goggles
to protect your face and give you some
visibility is a good thing.
Shoes: This is a major issue for winter riding. For 90 percent of folks, cold
feet make or break the ride. There are
good winter riding shoe choices, but
they are expensive. When shopping,
keep in mind how other people define
“cold.” A shoe made for temperate
climates is not going to cut it in more