Category Archives: Winter Cycling

Warm Up Wear

Now that the weather is warming up (Horray!) I feel like I can finally post this article. I saved it from a while ago when it was getting cold, and admittedly it is about going from warmer weather to colder weather. Take the advice, heck read it backward if you want to, and shed those winter cloths.

How To Dress For Cold Weather (2011 Update)
Written by Chris Belsole

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Lube It Or Lose It

This one comes from About.com. I like their bicycling site because you can always count on them for a very bike post. They always have nice tips and product reviews to help you out.

The latest one is about where to lubricate your bike. This is great info especially in the winter time when salt and dirt get everywhere. At ABR just last Wednesday I was lubing up a stuck break arm so I can tell you just how important a little lube is.

Written by Chris Belsole

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Why would someone ride in the rain?

“Mommy, why would someone ride a bike in the rain?”

The little girls voice was behind me, still walking up to the door of the Pines Hills branch of the Albany Public Library. The mom hushed her and they hurried inside out of the weather. It was an interesting question, even more so since a little kid asked it. I was standing there under the roof taking a moment to catch my breath, sheltered from the rain, before I locked my bike up.

It caught me off guard.

Why did I ride out in the rain today? I am not a hardcore cyclist. I tend to not ride in the rain, cold, or snow. That weather, goodness, is not really my thing. I tend to go for the sun streaming down on hot roads and tank tops.

I really don’t know the answer to why I rode out today in horrible weather. Maybe it could be because I went on a ride last night for Friday Friday. Or, maybe the library is so close that I didn’t want to drive. A better answer would be there are rarely parking spots on Saturdays and several cars did the loop around the building before leaving. Those all would have been good answers for today, but why would someone normally just ride in the rain?

I rode in the rain today because I wanted to. I missed being on my bike and it felt good to get back in the groove. There really isn’t a reason that the weather should hold me back. Winter is way too long in the northeast to stop riding. Or at least for me it is.

Why do you ride in the rain?

Written by Toni

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Stay Warm

If you are like me, and you probably aren’t because you are sane, you rode your bike this morning to work. After riding through the single digits, wind chill and all that, all I can say is bundle up and have a cup of tea waiting for you when you get to work. It makes all the difference.

How about you? What do you do to beat the cold?

Written by Chris Belsole

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Proper Steps to Hibernate Your Bike

Obviously I don’t advocate this. For some people though, proper bike storage is a good idea. If you don’t plan to ride throughout the winter and you want your bicycle to be fresh when you take it out in the spring, or God forbid the summer, here is an article that has some good tips on what you want to do so that you are ready to go when you come out of hibernation.

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