Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
cold weather riding
Actually in Alberta we ride cold weather all year round!!!
When it gets really cold we put ski out riggers on and use huskies to pull the bikes.
All joking aside..... I ride until not safe to do so, meaning that when the roads are to the point that water will freeze on them in the shade.
First thing in the morning is for me the most dangerous time, roads are really slick. I look out of the window and check current road conditions also checking the weather network and local tv channels, but i find that listening to the radio reports for traffic conditions is a good bet.
As to clothing LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS, its easy to take off if your hot.
Heated seats are great for keeping your core warm but I find that the heated grips only keep the inside of my hand warm, the outside still gets cold so a very good set of cold weather gloves is a must. I also wear a full face hood under my helmet only problem is fogging of glasses.
That's my 2 cents worth. There will be others, hopefully that will chime in.
Oh yes also take it easy first thing in the morning, your tires are very cold so warm them up for a longer time before leaning into those corners too much
it's not the destination, but the journey