Second winter cycling- first in snow.
I commuted as often as possible last year, when the roads were clear. I usually took the car when it got below 15 degrees or so, or when there was too much snow on the ground and I couldn't make it. I usually wore my cycling pants, long johns possibly, and a hooded sweatshirt. That worked pretty well down to about 20 degrees, then it got a little chilly. Also any stops in traffic made for some cold times.
This year, I plan on riding even when its nasty out. I have the same gear as last year, plus I plan on wearing some waterproof boots I've got, and some wool socks. But that's the only gear I've got. I know I"m going to need waterproof gear. Will standard rain gear work OK? I plan on cycling when the weathers rough, and I'm really not sure what will be needed for that.
As for the bike, I've got my fixed gear that'll fit studded tires, winter gearing being 38/19. Some fenders will be added too. So I am not worried about that part (although I've never done much off-road cycling, let alone studded tires in snow and ice) but I worry about it getting just too nasty for the clothing I have.
As for my commute, its 5.5 miles, mostly flat with and underpass and a bridge going over the local river, and that can get icy. Hence the studded tires. It usually takes me 25 minutes, although I expect to take up to 45 minutes during the heavy winter season. Last year the roads got pretty nasty.
I will also be commuting in the dark, so a reflective vest will go over whatever I wear, along with my cateye blinky and cygolite dual beam headlight.
What am I missing here? I need help with the clothing part for sure. I don't want to freeze to death, half way to work! LOL
Thanks alot, I appreciate any help given.