Moving to Amsterdam at the end of January...
... and I am told I should expect the coldest and wettest weather of the year around this time. What kind of gear do people like to use for staying dry and warm on their bikes? Would it be crazy for me to plan some sort of light touring around Netherlands/Belgium during the winter/spring months? I am hoping to tour with only a large messenger bag and a handlebar bag (I can live lightly) and rely on restaurants and hostels/cheap hotels. Is this a feasible plan? Can anyone recommend other resources for cycling information in Europe? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, it will be the coldest, wettest, least touring-friendly weather. However, if you're a tough cookie (or really hard-headed) it's obviously doable...
Check out crazyguyonabike.com for great resources re: touring all over the world!
In general the Netherlands are moderately cold in January. Not very wet. (The colder the dryer!). And the colder it is, the warmer te people are for you.
Last year (thaks to Al Gore) there were many good days to cycle here.
And I prefer ending up in a (warm) hostel in winter to riding in the March/Apri rain and sleeping in a tent.
Just use an (old-fashined) cape against rain (and coldness). And two or three layers.
If April is like last year's that would be dreamed weather for biking.
I have to start planning my first touring around, I've been here fora year and I would like to make something bigger than a one-day round-trip.
And Zombie Carl, were we a bit helpful?
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