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3/11/14 7:00 P

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I wear ear muffs... the kind made for cross country skiers (SWIX) under my helmet. If it's very cold, I wear a lightweight wool hat over that. If I wear too much, my helmet doesn't fit.

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3/11/14 1:54 P

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I usually wear a winter headband under my helmet as well as a helmet cover over the top of my helmet. I bike outside in Minnesota, and the headband really helps...I'm still not sure about how useful the helmet cover is.

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10/21/13 9:44 P

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You are an inspirational group! I'm just trying to keep biking into January and winter weather here in Maryland is pretty mild (usually).

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10/21/13 8:35 P

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Bumping this topic back up for some advice-- I'd like to find something to wear under my helmet to keep my head/ears warm. Any suggestions? Had a very chilly ride yesterday, and we have snow flurries in the forecast for later this week.

Thanks!

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9/12/13 1:34 P

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Haha your welcome! Fenders really came in handy for me as well especially with all the rain that we have been having here in Alaska emoticon

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9/11/13 7:41 P

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Thank you for the reminder. I really need to get some fenders for my back. I've had many a trip where i come home with a mud streak.

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9/10/13 9:07 P

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Very cool I will look that up! Thank you! emoticon

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9/10/13 10:23 A

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I've seen winter mountain biking boots.

There are bike messengers in Colorado who work year-round. They know a LOT about winter riding. I think Bicycling Magazine had an article with their tips for winter riding in cold weather.

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9/10/13 3:21 A

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Thank you! I will definately go and check out chain reaction I have never heard of them before so it would be great to give them a visit and hopefully they can give me some good tips too emoticon I will also talk to my co workers about the riding in the winter a few of them are pretty surprised that I even said I want to stick with it in the winter so it would be fun to show them it can be done emoticon I have been lucky so far that I have been able to just pass by with a windbreaker rain jacket and my snow pants that I sprayed with water resistant solution and I just wear my sneakers. I was planning to just wear my snow jacket and snow pants to ride in the winter but I am beginning to realize that may be a problem. I don't really know what to do about shoes either I was thinking sneakers may still be okay and other then that I only have a pair of soft sole mukluks that I wear in the winter which I think the pedals may damage thee soles so I guess I better look into better shoes too haha emoticon Thanks you guys again for all your great advice! emoticon emoticon

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9/8/13 6:02 P

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I live in Anchorage too, but no longer commute to work.
I wear wool tights with wind panels on the front and boots since my feet get cold easy. There are lots of different jackets which work well. When it gets really cold, -10 or so, many riders wear neoprene face masks and a mono-mitten thingy which is attached to the handle bars and you insert your hands into... I can't remember what they're called.
It doesn't rain here often in the winter, but when it does... watch out! The streets are turned into luges which tend not to thaw for a couple of weeks. Even with studded tires I've taken a couple of nasty falls. The good thing about it not thawing often, is that there is almost never any slush... it's always either ice, or snow.

I got the best winter riding tips ever from winter riders who work at Chain Reaction in Anchorage. The Bicycle Shop at the Huffman business park also has riders who ride all winter. They got us both, DH and I, set up with advice and winter riding gear... you can decide how much you can afford and which items should be a priority.

Edited by: CAROLYN1ALASKA at: 9/8/2013 (18:05)
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9/8/13 11:32 A

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I'm a bit of a tightwad, and my gear often reflects that. I used to ride wearing a cheap polypro turtleneck and a ratty old wool sweater instead of a cycling jersey. I'll wear thermals over my cycling shorts, and wear regular leggings over that.

One splurge: a pair of winter cycling tights. The front is thin, stretchy neoprene. The back of the legs is polypro, so it will breathe and I don't overheat. We average 8" of precipitation here, so we don't get a lot of rain. These tights are perfect for the rain. I only wear them when it's below freezing. What I don't like about them is that they don't pack down small enough. (I commute by bike. It's almost always warmer in the evening than it was in the morning. So what I wear in the morning needs to make it home with me so I can wear it again the next day.)

I also have a great pair of overmitts. They're waterproof. I only wear full-fingered gloves when the temps get into the 30s. The overmitts bridge the gap between 35-50F. (I have a pair of heavy lobster claw gloves. I doubt I'll ever ride in weather cold enough to justify wearing them.)

I hope other people see you, and catch on the idea that they can do the same. I consider myself an ambassador for bike commuting. Anytime someone in the building where I work expresses curiosity, I do my best to convince them to try it at least once.



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9/7/13 8:30 P

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Thanks you guys! I will definitely look into layering and look around our bike shops and online for anything as well. I do plan on making sure my son's bike trailer is warm too. The good thing is that his daycare isn't very far from where we live just about a 15-20 minute ride but it obviously may be a bit longer in the winter while trying to go slowly and a back-up plan is definitely a must. emoticon

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9/7/13 4:52 P

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You definitely need layers, both for you and the anklebiter. Actually, the kid is way more important, since s/he loses heat faster than an adult and won't be generating much as you do all the work.

If you can afford it and manage to wear it, there are plenty of multi-layer outfits available in bike shops or online. A good tight underlayer is a definite start, though, even if it is just some thermal underwear. But you live in Alaska, so that shouldn't be news.

I'd mostly recommend that you take it slow (literally and metaphorically) and have a back-up plan. Even with all the best gear in the world, a hot streak after a bunch of snow can make for a slushy nightmare you may want to avoid. It all depends on where you have to get to, of course.

I assume there's a decent bike shop or two in Anchorage, so I'd start getting friendly with them now. Some of them can be a bit pushy or elitist about "needing" the fanciest stuff around, but I've found those to be the minority of salespeople/mechanics.

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9/7/13 3:47 P

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Winters are cold where I live, but not particularly snowy. My only advise is layer, layer, layer. When you start a ride, you should be a little chilly - you'll warm up once you start moving.

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haha thank you :)

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Keep working on it. You have been bit by the bike bug.

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Hey everyone winter is coming and I am still a newbie at cycling to get around. I have learned since May (when I got my bike and trailer for my son) some of the basics of what is needed. I have invested in fenders for my bike and I got some flashing lights for the back of my bike the trailer and the front of the bike. I invested in helmets and a mirror which attaches to my helmet (which i love) I know that when it gets to october I should invest in studded tires since I do still plan on riding to daycare and work in the snow but does anyone have any other experiences or tips that they can share for winter riding in snowy conditions? I live in Alaska so it will be snowy most of the winter and icy as well. Any tips for biking in the snow with bike trailers to carry little ones? Thank you for any advice! emoticon

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