The winter months are approaching and frosty temperatures are near, but that doesn’t mean you should stop biking. Cozy up, because we’re offering some tips that will keep you warm and comfortable during the winter. Who says you can’t pedal through cold weather?
Layering clothes is the key to comfort. Start with a base layer that wicks sweat, then a medium-weight layer (such as a light fleece) and finish off with a windproof jacket. A light windbreaker is good for temps near 40 degrees, but a heavier jacket can be used for temperatures around freezing and below.
Protect The Extremities
Your hands, feet and head get colder more quickly than your core, so make sure to always wear gloves, thick socks (such as wool), and a hat that can fit under your helmet. Using a helmet with less ventilation helps keep your noggin toasty too.
Since the days are shorter in the winter, it’s important to be visible. Wear bright clothing with reflective stripes and always have lights on your bike. With reflectors and self-powered LED lights in the front and back that turn on automatically, CaBi bikes make sure you stay visible when riding.
The most important advice for riding your bike in the winter is to check the weather forecast ahead of time! Don’t ride if conditions are poor (heavy snow and ice), but don’t be afraid to ride if the bike paths and roads are clear and temps are above freezing!
Fenders make a huge difference on soggy days because they block rain or sleet from splashing on your shoes and clothes. Our bikes have front and rear fenders to keep you nice and dry, and the metal chain guard prevents grease from getting on your clothing.