Winter Biking Tips
Thanks to bikewinter.org
What to wear:
Dress for wind and water, but not necessarily for the temperature. Biking raises your core body temperature quickly. If you feel temperature-neutral or warm clothes before you start riding, you probably have too much on. It is important, however, to wear warm footwear with warm socks, and to cover your ears and fingers.
How/Where to ride:
Use alternative routes that pass through less-busy streets. For example, try riding on residential streets instead of high traffic four-lanes.
The slickest time to ride is when rain or snow first starts coming down. Once it’s settled you’ll be safer, but remember there’s less curb to ride on when snow has been plowed.
Keep your weight stable and over the rear wheel. Stay the course and keep pedaling, instead of over-adjusting if you wheel slips out (much like driving). Take turns more gradually. Slowing down is a good precaution, but remember that momentum helps you get through bumpy routes without slipping.
Which bikes are safest for winter riding?
Those with thick, knobby tires are best for traction in slick and snowy weather.