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Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 28th, 2011, 12:34 pm

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Bought myself some over boots, and was in looking at the options for messenger bags vs backpacks vs paniers at the MEC yesterday. Gonna hit the bike shop today. Need some better gloves than my big fuzzy fleece ones. Combination of too slippery, too cold at the beginning, and too hot at the end.

Also....is this stuff for real? It feels like a parody, but too well done for it:

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Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby iab » January 28th, 2011, 12:41 pm


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Its for real.

If you want a good laugh, look at Dave's commercials for the stuff on youtube. He takes it even further.

Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 28th, 2011, 12:50 pm

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OMG...tooooo funny!

Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 28th, 2011, 12:52 pm

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Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby slippyfish » January 28th, 2011, 2:20 pm

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I don't have much to add - this is great advice and I'll have to look at this again, before my next REI shopping trip!

I've commuted in Syracuse, Boston, and Seattle. A good light, fenders, and solid brakes (red compound pads) are essentials for crappy PNW weather.

One system that I've found to work very well for hands, are layered gloves. I use a neoprene-ish winter ice climbing glove from Outdoor Research, with a distinctive glow in the dark patterned palm, and a nylon 'lobster' or 'rabbit' shell over that. Nothing else has worked as well, for all temperatures and conditions. The nylon keeps your fingers together and warm, and somewhat dry. The inner layer then keeps you warm. Mobility is OK for riding, you still have thumb and two big fingers!

Everything else expensive, windproof, waterproof, etc. has failed me. I used to commute 30 miles from Somerville to Norwood in Boston, via Newton, year round. Sucked, especially with frozen hands.

Get good booties too.
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Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby phreer » January 28th, 2011, 4:26 pm

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Mission Workshop makes some really nice bags. They are pretty pricy, but the great thing about them is they are expandable. I don't have one, so I can't comment on durability, but they look very well made.

http://www.missionworkshop.com/

The medium size one is 1,350 cui and expands to 2,700.

Re: Winter Bike Commuting

Postby jon_winebrenner » January 30th, 2011, 9:44 pm

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Went for a ride in the new gear today. 50 Km...3 degrees celcious (36 ish F). Core and hands were good, feet were blocks of ice!

I need better socks and probably should have worn the over boots.

Re: Winter Bike Commuting

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