My attempt to hold out on riding in the snow – instead sledding, hiking, fun with the kids – is over (Winter won this round) and with Snow Tires on order, it’s time to get out the big guns for cold weather.
Back in the day, I’d ride in all sorts of weather:
I stop at hail. My normal rules of winter weather are nothing under 30 degrees. With this weather in Seattle, that exception is lifted. While my body is covered, that leaves my face exposed. A reader just wrote:
I TRIED to ride my bike this morning, it was about 15 degrees. I’m proud to say that I was able to keep my temperature up but couldn’t stand the wind ripping my face off. If you can send me any links, tips or products to keep my face warm that would be great! I was thinking of goggles but they’d have to fit over my glasses…
I know that feeling; especially in freezing rain. I’ve worn a Balaclava, but find those get too wet and freeze from exhaling – like frozen slobber face. The best thing for the face, and an old racer trick, is to coat it with vaseline.
For more cold-weather riding tips, check this post. And please let us know what you do.