It's time again for the annual article on tips for winter cycling in one of the mainstream newspapers and once again they go over the top in trying to provide the definitive guide to provide security against every contingency. I admire their earnest attempt to give some advice for those brave souls, but ends up with making the result look more like an astronaut on a wintery moon launch. To be fair last year the Star reported that the key thing for winter cycling are tissues, but this was only because Yvonne had tried to convince them winter cycling is easy:
But do we really need to start training for NASA to get through the winter? My proposal: think about what you'd wear if you were going for a long winter walk and wear it:
Look: warm clothes! Practical, but not particularly fashionable. (Photo by Tino)
Every Canadian knows the drill: warm jacket, mitts, boots, long underwear and toque. The only thing I would add as important are lights for the bike. That's it.
To be sure there are more things that can go wrong with your bike in the winter, so take a note of the article's advice on keeping your bike functioning and riding safely. In sum, no quick turning or stopping. Keep your chain well oiled.