For those of you who are still perusing the idea of a winter bike commute, here's the weather situation for today:
- Clear Roads - no ice or snow
- Temperature: 20-25° Fahrenheit (-4° Celsius)
- Hiking Boots
- Thick socks (I find that kilt socks work great - they're long and warm)
- Long underwear bottoms
- Cordaround Bike to Work Pants
- UnderArmour Coldwear shirt
- Fleece sweatshirt
- Pearl Izumi Vagabond Jacket
- Pearl Izumi MicroSensor facemask
- Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lobster gloves
- 180s Ear Warmers
- Tifosi Slip Sunglasses
- And, naturally, my helmet.
I was plenty warm... perhaps a bit too warm. On the way home, we're going to see how I do with a simple UnderArmour t-shirt underneath the fleece (as it's supposed to warm up significantly today). I do find that the balaclava doesn't do a real good job at keeping ears warm, hence the earmuffs over the balaclava.
The commute itself was fine, though I seemed to miss EVERY light on the way to work. Cars gave me plenty of space, even when I crossed over I-670 on Summit (which is the only part that makes me nervous with all those cars coming off the expressway).
I keep a pair of shoes at work to change into when I get there, and also brought a polo shirt, undershirt, and pair of non-thick socks.
It took me about five minutes once I got here to get changed and cooled off a bit. I keep a small fan on my desk to aid with that.
So I'm hopefully back to commuting by bike for the foreseeable future... no more bus trips for a while. I'll miss being able to read on the bus, but I do love the exercise as well!
People, not speed.