Face it. Summer is gone. The colder temperatures of fall are moving in, daylight savings is lurking just around the corner, and, if you’re like me, stepping out of a warm bed and into the cold morning is not the ideal way to wake up. All drama aside, riding my bike is simply too much fun to have to give it up for months at a time. So, what’s the best way to keep riding? Personally, it comes down to simply making the time to get on the bike, even if it’s only for a quick 45 minutes on the trail. Sure, I’d love to spend 2-3 hours out there, but I find that a little time on the bike beats no time on the bike, hands down.
Here at the Performance Bike office, we have an ideal situation for cyclists where riding during the lunch hour is encouraged and supported. We’ve got lockers, showers, tools, and even bike stands in the office. It’s a great culture, but, sadly, one that does not really exist outside of the bike industry. Finding the time to ride is half the battle, and that’s ultimately going to depend on your schedule.
So, if you can find your riding windows, how do you ease into the cold and keep at it until the Spring blooms appear? Riding in the cold requires a bit of extra effort–you’ve got to pack more clothes in your gear bag and consider layering so that you can keep comfortable. Plus, you have to be extra aware of the amount of daylight left in the day so that you don’t get stranded. Of course, a little technology doesn’t hurt. Wind and water resistant tights, jerseys and jackets, toe covers, and skull caps are crucial if you want to stay comfortable on your rides. We just published a web article, Dressing for the Cold, that suggests what to wear at different temperature ranges.
In the next few months, don’t give up. Suit up, make the time, and keep riding. Sooner or later, it’s going to have to warm up. Plus, the more you ride in cooler weather, the easier it gets.
I’m curious as to how other riders approach the cold weather season. Please feel free to leave your tips and tricks as a comment below.