Winter Cycling Open Thread

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 25

Got a question about how to stay warm, what to wear, how to ride in the slush.  Ask them here and I (and everyone else), will do our best to answer them.

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6 Responses to “Winter Cycling Open Thread”

  1. By Ashley on Nov 26, 2013 | Reply

    Any suggestions on chain lube for the winter? And if it’s wax based can I switch back to non wax based if need be?

  2. By Charlie on Nov 26, 2013 | Reply

    I generally wear the following:

    – One fewer or lighter layer than what you would normally (you should be a little cold for the first 5-10 minutes biking). My general guide is a light jacket (or thin windproof/waterproof jacket) between 30 degrees and 50 degrees. For <30 degrees, a regular winter jacket.
    – Gloves if it's 35 degrees or below
    – A thin hat under my helmet if it's 30 degrees or below
    – If it's raining or snowing (or the road is slushy or has a lot of water on it), waterproof rain pants over my regular pants
    – My sneakers are relatively waterproof. If it's snowing and I expect there to be a lot of snow on the ground when I'm walking, I wear waterproof work boots.

    That's it really. With the exception of the waterproof rain pants, none of this is bicycling-specific gear.

  3. By geoff adams on Nov 26, 2013 | Reply

    Merino wool Buffs. Two of ‘em. One on neck, scootched up to cover face. One on head, doubled up. Both overlap ears. Way more comfy – and chic – than balaclava.

  4. By BostonBiker on Nov 26, 2013 | Reply

    @ashley I don’t switch to another kind of lube, just use tri-flow all winter. however I do wipe my chain down more, and re-lube after salty/slushy days.

    See the winter bike maintenance guide in the side bar for more tips, but basically you just need to wipe your bike down a lot more.

  5. By Kil on Dec 2, 2013 | Reply


  6. By Kil on Dec 2, 2013 | Reply

    Agree, I use triflow all winter and am also big on wiping after fresh snow and salt.

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