* Because I do everything the wrong way, I’ve only gotten back into the habit of biking regularly since mid-December, about the point where it got really, really cold. And it’s not that bad. I have a short commute, admittedly (about five miles roundtrip), but it turns out 15 minutes of moving in the cold is actually warmer, if such a thing can be measured, than 5-15 minutes of standing in the cold waiting for the bus. If you’re thinking of trying winter biking, Steve Vance has some good advice: SARF. My only splurges were kevlar-lined tires, because I fear a flat would break my habit, and a pump with a gauge; I’m just riding a hand-me-down women’s Raleigh cruisery MTB that weighs about as much as a SmartCar and keeps me riding slow.
* I’m also looking for a new bike bag, because I’m vain, and I think I’ve narrowed it down: