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It's Snowing!

Alright, so Monday was not the horrendous multiple feet of snow that it could have been, but it did snow enough to make a interesting ride. If you haven’t commuted in cold temperatures, it’s a bit of trial and error when it comes to clothing. You have to be warm enough to stop at lights and on downhills not to freeze, but if you dress too warm, you sweat like a pig while pedaling. I rarely get it right, but I do make it tolerable. I am a huge fan of wool as a base layer. Synthetics are good also, but they tend to get a little smelly. My latest commuting wear has been, Helmet(Duh), wool cycling cap over a balaclava, wool jersey, wool long sleeve, soft shell jacket or rain jacket, cycling shorts, insulated tights, waterproof pants, wool hiking socks, waterproof hiking boots. I run platform pedals and boots, I don’t slip and slide when I go in somewhere, plus it’s just easier and more comfortable.

The ride on Monday was little chilly, the temps were around 36 degrees and it was pretty wet out. The first part of my ride is about 3-3.5 miles of road, then I hop on the Towpath trail. Like I said, the road was wet and no ice. The Towpath was still warm enough that the snow was not sticking, so it was pretty sloppy. I got off at 3:00 pm so the ride home was much of the same, but a little more snow on the surrounding grassy areas. I was a good ride to test out my clothing and winter commuting set up.  Stay tuned for my Tuesday report,  It was an adventure!

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3 responses to “It's Snowing!

  1. SJK November 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    How was the double Smartwool layering today?
    Nice job on the blog :-)

  2. Kevin November 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Heh! I used my Smartwool layering today, too! I took a little ride around Twinsburg to test out my new “winter bike” setup. It’s got studded tires, but the bike path and streets were pretty clear of snow and ice, so I’m not sure that they were really necessary. My seat was adjusted a little too low, and I had forgotten to pack my multi-tool in the seat bag!

    My winter clothing getup today was:
    Head: Smartwool beanie, helmet with wind/waterproof cover.
    Body: Sleeveless poly base layer, Smartwool long-sleeve base layer, long-sleeve wool jersey, Burley waterproof jacket.
    Legs: Windproof briefs, Smartwool long tights, Endura Gridlock waterproof pants.
    Hands: lobster-style mitts/gloves
    Feet: Defeet Woolie-Boolie socks, Lake winter boots.

    This worked pretty well for me for today’s conditions; I was not too cold or too warm or too sweaty. The sun was out for a while, and there was no currently-falling snow or rain, and it wasn’t too windy. Any difference in these factors would probably have affected my comfort level a lot.

  3. brent November 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I’ll post pics of today(Tues.) tomorrow, The bridges on the Towpath had about 6 inches of snow on them, I actually had to walk across the Beaver Marsh boardwalk. The Towpath had a few inches of snow, but was fine. The Big Dummy got trashed!

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