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Photo by Stig Nygaard
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courtesy Amanda Plante
Amanda Plante, Saskatoon, SK1- Getting to work faster than by taking the bus. 3 - Wear warm mittens and boots, as those extremities always seem to get the coldest!
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photo courtesy Dave Feucht
Dave Feucht, Portland, OR1- I love the cold air, getting all bundled up and the darkness when it’s not interrupted by giant strobing LED helmet lights, that is. 2 My knee-length wool overcoat great for warmth and for keeping you dry in all but a torrential downpour.
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Quinne DeMaster, St. Paul, MNTwo-and-a-half year old Quinn DeMaster en route to daycare. Says mom: 1 - I love the quietness of biking on snow, and the challenge of cutting through ice, sludge and traffic. I love feeling strong and fresh. I love not having to drive or take the bus. 3 - Make sure everything is comfortable and “fits” -an uncomfortable bike, a hat that itches and/ or boots that leave your feet cold can kill motivation.
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Photo courtesy Jeff Youngstrom
Jeff Youngstrom, Issaquah, WA2 - Fenders. Not that I take them off in the summer, but without them, winter riding, at least in the Seattle climate, would be miserable. 3 - Long wide mud flaps on front fenders make a huge difference in keeping your feet dry.
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photo courtesy Jana Velo
Jana Velo, Minneapolis, MN2 - My homemade fleece neckwarmers do a great job of keeping me cozy, but can also be pulled down any time for ventilation. 3 When it’s icy, running two studded tires can really slow you down. I like to ride fixed in the winter, with one studded tire in front and a slick in back. The front tire gives you enough control and the back tire keeps you rolling a tad faster. Besides, fishtailing (and avoiding falling) is excellent for your core muscles!
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Photo courtesy Michael Lemberger
Michael Lemberger, Madison WI2 - Lake MXZ302 boots, Mountain Hard Wear Superpower Transition soft shell jacket and snowmobile bar mitts. 3 - If you’re warm in the first 10 minutes of riding, you’ve probably overdressed.
Amanda Plante, Saskatoon, SK
Dave Feucht, Portland, OR
Quinne DeMaster, St. Paul, MN
Jeff Youngstrom, Issaquah, WA
Jana Velo, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Lemberger, Madison WI
1-What do you like about winter riding?
2 - What is your favorite piece of winter riding gear?
3 - please share one tip that makes winter riding more enjoyable.
Check out our reader responses in the slideshow.