This is my fourth winter cycling. Until this year, I always wimped out and got the train when it was "too cold". I've made every excuse in the book at some point. The biggest – and only "real" (as opposed to "imaginary", as I'd gaze out the kitchen window each morning) – problem that I've had each winter has been sinus infections.
This year? It ought to be worse: I'm no longer in south
, on the flat, sheltered by buildings. I'm now in a rural village on top of a hill. There are no cycle paths. The roads are narrow. They don't get salted/gritted, no matter how bad things get. Motorists don't slow down one iota. London
So what happens?
Oooooh, look it's snowing! How pretty!
...brrr, it's cold!
Wowwee, what a wind coming out of the east!
Oh my Gawd, freewheeling downhill is gonna HURT!
But then… somehow… before I reach the "No way is cycling an option in that, no sirree!" stage – I step back and ask –
Or is it?
After three years of being a city wimp, I am now a rural-warrior-in-the-making. But I'm hearing a number of my
friends (who I'd normally consider much more hardcore than myself) saying, as I used to, "it's just too cold to get on the bike". Well, unlike some of them, I don't have an indoor trainer to fall back on. (And if I did, it couldn't get me to the train station each morning.) So what to do? I thought about the clothing and accessories I have and decided to give it another go. Commuting in the snow has gone so well that I thought it might be worth sharing what I've been wearing to keep dry and warm and, yes, happy on my bike. London