Yesterday the high was about 8 degrees F. Despite the frigid temps, the sun was shining and I wanted to get outside. Many people think going out in this type of the weather is nuts, but if you have the proper clothing you can ride comfortably! The key is layers.
Here’s what I wore yesterday:
EMS Excel Thermo ½ Zip Hoodie
EMS zip-up sweater fleece
Columbia Sportswear Voodoo Falls 590 Down Jacket – 550 Fill Power
Avalanche Mogul fleece-lined leggings
Pearl Izumi mountain biking shorts (over the tights)
Khombu insulated, waterproof boots w/ hand warmers inside the boots. Next time I would wear my hiking gaiters with my boots since the laces on my boots don’t go all the way up and snow can get in. Thankfully the snow wasn’t too deep yet so it wasn’t much of an issue.
Louis Garneau Bigwill Gloves -These gloves were probably the best investment out of all the above gear! They were expensive but totally worth it since they kept my hands warm the entire ride! I was really worried about my fingers freezing but they were toasty warm in these gloves.
I was also planning on wearing my riding glasses, but they were fogging up a lot so I ditched them. I usually have the same problem with ski goggles when wearing a face mask when skiing.
I rode for about an hour. The conditions at North Bethlehem are great for fat biking right now!
I have studded tires on my bike for the winter, however, they probably weren’t needed here. It was nice to have them, though!