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Gearing up for a winter street session

11 12 2015

Even though we’ve been blessed with warm fall weather (in most parts of North America at least)  it’s just a matter of time before the really cold stuff starts to take hold.

And while the old standbys of indoor bike parks and heated parked garages are always good options during the winter…sometimes you’ve just got to keep it raw and have yourself a good ol’ fashioned street session.

But before you do that, you have to be prepared.

A big part of that preparation is…dressing in layers.

What layers you say?

Ant Bloch of Harvester Bikes has put together a video to highlight the essentials for winter street riding.

As Ant explains, you’ll want to make sure you have the following:

  • Gloves
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hoodie
  • Dickies or Carhartt-style insulated jacket
  • High-top shoes
  • Jeans
  • Toque/Beanie

A solid list for sure…and given that Ant rides in Canadian winters…he’s got some real-world experience riding in the cold.

winter riding

I can’t disagree with any of his suggestions but I would add one more item to the list: a moisture-wicking shirt.

Use it under (or as a replacement for) the long-sleeve shirt he mentioned to keep you less sweaty once the session really gets going. (I’ve started adding this to my cold weather-riding gear and it has really made a difference.)

So now that you’ve got your cold weather-riding gear sorted…don’t let a winter forecast get you down…get out there and get riding!

 

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