Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Winter cycling tips 1-3

Thanks to everyone who came to last night's meeting, especially the panelists and our organizer/ moderator Joe Studer.  It was a lively discussion that covered a wide variety of topics related to winter riding.

I'd like to offer a few general thoughts inspired by tonight's discussion.

Winter tip #1:  Your mileage may vary.  As with many other aspects of cycling, what works great for your friend might not be the perfect thing for you.  If the first combination of gear or clothing doesn't quite work right to make your ride as comfortable as it could be, don't get discouraged.  Experiment and try a different mix.

Winter tip #2:  Fenders are your friend.  They make a huge difference in keeping you and your bike cleaner and drier. If you're riding with other people, fenders help keep them drier, too.

Winter tip #3:  Get lit.  When riding at night or in snow or rain, lights are critical.  In average city riding conditions, you don't need them to see the road.  You do need to be seen by others: drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Got more tips to share?  Email them here.

     - Anne Alt

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chicago Cycling Club September meeting - get ready for winter cycling

Join us for a panel discussion at REI (1466 N Halsted) on Tuesday September 10 - get ready for winter cycling.  Social time: 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Discussion 7:00 to 8:30.  Anyone is welcome.