Winter Biking

Categories: How To
Published on: January 3, 2014

Mother Earth News / Rails-to-Trails Conservancy / 14 February 2013

It’s that time of year again ā€” when an extra 20 minutes in bed in the morning is harder to resist, when it’s usually dark when you leave the house and dark when you get home, and when biking to work doesn’t seem so attractive given the winter elements.

After an awesome spring, summer and fall of bike commuting, I, too, was worried that winter would put the kibosh on what had become a really enjoyable part of my day. Not that I was worried about the cold, so much. What I really didn’t want to do was have to buy a whole rack of bike gear and clothes. One of the things I like most about riding a bike to get around is that almost anyone can do it, without the need for heaps of expensive gear.

Pleasantly, I discovered biking to work (or the shops or your friend’s house) in the winter is really not much different from riding in the other seasons. And it doesn’t cost much to buy a few essential items that will keep you warm during those winter rides.