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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.
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.