I discovered biking again about 12 years ago. Since then it has been my overriding passion. I sold my car and started biking to work. I began extending my season. First it was April to October then March to December. For the last 8 years I've biked year round.
That might not be a big deal for some but Canadian winters can be long and tough even when you live 'down south'. I've found how to stay warm dry and comfortable and I thought other year rounders might like to share their tips for those who have wanted to but never done.
My real secret is layers. I wear I polyester long sleeved top. I was never sure what 'wicking' meant until I wore a cotton t-shirt on a long run. Now I never wear cotton in the winter because it holds the moisture next to your skiln and theat means you will be cold and wet.
My next layer depends on how cold it is. Below -10 I wear a polyester fleece. Otherwise I have a fleece jacket with a full zipper and a very high neck and then an outer shell with pit zips. For my neck I have a tube that also can cover my nose and mouth when needed and a really great ear cover. When very cold I wear a polyester toque under my helmet and a shower cap on top of the helmet. The latter is also good for protection from rain and snow.
To protect my hands I use glove liners and a leather glove. When it is very cold I have a pair of Paul Izumi (Is that what they are called? Don't make me go downstairs and look).
For my feet I wear my regular shoes and when it is wet I add a pair of boot covers I bought from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC).
I don't lean into corners when it is slippery but instead keep my bike upright and lean out using my body to turn the bike. I learned this technique while sailing...I think they call it 'hiking'.
So now it's your turn. Any other great advice for 50+ winter cycling?