Hello icy bikies,
I commented on my commute thread, but I thought it would be a question better asked here:
How do you deal with cold rain?
I'm trying to not be a chicken about this, but I'm from Florida and never rode my bike much before February when I got my new one. I'm trying to commute 3 miles to work (school bus driver). I hope to continue through te winter, but I've had varying levels of impossibility expressed by my coworkers.
Regardless, I'd like to at least get over the cold drizzles. I have zero bike-specific clothing, no raincoat, plain sneakers, no wool.
I have used a waterproofing spray optimistically on my windbreaker.
My problems are then, theoretically- my lower half including shoes, my hands, and my face. My hands get cold very easily. I just got snow gloves from Walmart so maybe they will help, being water resistant? I wear glasses, so keeping the lenses dry for visibility is important. I biked once in warm rain with a baseball cap, which helped some. I have very few pants that haven't developed holes in them, and haven't had hours yet to peruse the Goodwill for replacements. This is an issue both for warmth and for changing- I don't have any to spare if the ones I wear get wet.
Any advice would be great, but I'm currently paying credit cards like mad to try and recover from our cross country move, so I'm effectively poor. Low cost options please?
And since I'm asking questions... I've heard about studded tires for winter biking. My bike has narrow hybrid tires, the tube said 35/44-622/630 27x1.25-700x35/43c. I'm assuming that refers to size, because 27 sounds right for the wheel size and 1.25 could be tire width. Can I get any knobby tires that would fit, and make my own studded tires?
This is still assuming my coworkers don't know jack and I can ride my bike in wintertime here. I would love to see their faces if I succeed.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully helping!