Snow Dusting

Biking in the cold is a challenge.

I’ve figured out how to stay warm. I wear my rain suit over my street clothes, a beanie under my helmet, waterproof, full-fingered gloves, and clear protective glasses. I’m plenty warm.

That’s the problem. By the time I get to work, I’m too warm. I’m experimenting with unzipping my jacket and riding slower, but I still have work to do.

One unexpected discovery: it’s easier to maintain cooler temperatures in the rain — the cool rain on my suit and face cools me quite nicely.

If you’re biking this time of year, how do you regulate your temperature throughout the ride?

Author: Brent Logan

Curious. Figuring it out. Tending. More about Brent.

6 thoughts on “Snow Dusting”

  1. How about just skipping the beanie? Head warmth seems to translate to body warmth, for me.

    At least you’re not foolish (like me)… March 1 does not necessarily mean footless tights and flats are appropriate… Looking forward to getting home and putting on socks!

    1. Sherilee, removing my beanie’s not a bad idea; it would certainly dump a lot of heat. I didn’t know how good my helmet’s ventilation was until I used it in cold weather.

      This morning was a cold 32°F. When I left the house, I was wishing I had a balaclava. I should get a thin one I could wear multiple ways, exposing more and more, as I get warmer.

      You’re not the only one who thought March 1 meant spring. Just before I took the photo above, a guy on a bike going the other direction was wearing shorts (and not biking shorts) with a coat. He had to be freezing!

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