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Old 12-03-07, 03:11 PM   #1
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Commuting in adverse conditions?

Okay, so it's starting to snow pretty good here in northern Michigan, however I want to stick my middle finger up load and proud at the weather and keep on commuting.

I'm wondering how to do this though. I've switched to my mountain bike and I've got the fattest tires I could find. I was wondering if anyone else commutes during the snowy winter months and if so, what tips can you pass along?
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Old 12-03-07, 03:14 PM   #2
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Just take it easy, a bike is pretty capable of getting around just take it easier. Corner more upright and much slower and take more caution with hazards and you should be set. The only other problem would be dressing for the occasion, and that's been addressed plenty here too. Check out the Winter cycling forum, too.
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Be sure to wear enough clothes (not too much though, or otherwise you'll sweat). Keep your ears, hands, and feet warm, because you lose a lot of heat through your extremities. Feet shouldn't be a problem unless it's real cold, or you're wearing canvas shoes; I never get cold feet. My ears and hands are freezing though unless I have on a pair of gloves and balaclava or other head covering if it's anything below 50 degrees.

If it's wet or windy, avoid cotton and get some wicking gear. Cotton has never been a problem for me on dry, mildly cold days, though.
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I commute in SE Michigan, last year down to -25*F. Wear several thin layers. I have better luck in the cold if my hands and feet are loose - looser gloves, and boots with plenty of room inside. I just switched back from clipless to platforms today so I can wear my hunting boots.

Everyone is different though. My fingers are not a problem, for other people their fingers freeze at what to me would be comfortable temps. My toes get cold, for others that's not a problem. I don't even cover my face until it's down to 20 or so, others say they can't stand to have exposed facial skin below 40. You'll have to work out what works for you.
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Okay, so it's starting to snow pretty good here in northern Michigan, however I want to stick my middle finger up load and proud at the weather and keep on commuting.

I'm wondering how to do this though. I've switched to my mountain bike and I've got the fattest tires I could find. I was wondering if anyone else commutes during the snowy winter months and if so, what tips can you pass along?
Check out the Winter cycling forum, and ICEBIKE.com. Trust me, you may not see a lot of cyclists out there in these months, but you are not alone.

Clothing is of course critical, and there is a massive amount of advice on these forums regarding that.
IMHO studded tires are the other thing that makes winter riding safe and possible and fun.
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Studs, extra time, layer like an onion, always carry an extra layer and cab fare, have a back-up plan...

There's a learning curve. Accept it.
Sometimes it will suck. Accept it.
It's nowhere near as bad as people seem to think. Accept it and do it.
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[QUOTE=CastIron;5744375]Studs, extra time, layer like an onion, always carry an extra layer and cab fare, have a back-up plan...

I read that initially as, "...always carry an onion."



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