Winter is upon us. Gone are the Fall temperature swings and the Spring thaw is still way off on the horizon. Reality check...cold weather has set in! Sure, you could hunker down on the couch, watch re-runs of Wrecked, and dream of the warm days of summer. Alternatively, you could embrace the cold (or a high five if you're not a hugger) and ride year round. I know it can be tough getting motivated to get out on your bike when the temps drop, but if you stay comfortable, you can reap the rewards. What are the rewards you ask? See below for a few amongst many!
Now, you may be saying, but I don't have the gear! While there are many bicycle specific cold weather options, a few key pieces will really help and then you can supplement with regular cold weather apparel. They're not too expensive and think of it as an investment My personal votes would be:
Investing in those key pieces and supplementing with non-bike specific gear you already own will get you out on the bike.
Remember, set expectations to the temps. It's winter, just be happy to get out on your bike. Now is not the time to worry about performance riding and multiple hour rides (although that's great too), just rejoice in getting out on your bike while everyone else hibernates. It's addicting. The investment is minimal, the rewards are many. Go get some.
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.