Winter Cycling Checklist

  • hat – check
  • ear warmers – check
  • Buff – check
  • merino base layer – check
  • two jumpers – check
  • gloves – check
  • two pairs of socks – check
  • winter boots – check
  • brown trousers – check  (well, some of those downhill sections can be a little dicey).

Thus kitted out, I set off to fetch the paper yesterday. We haven’t really had that much snow, but we’ve had pretty much solidly freezing temperatures for days now and what snow we’ve had is still there on the back roads. It’s cyclable with care, except where there’s been enough sun to melt it and let it re-freeze into ice. There were a few adrenaline-pumping moments when the back wheel shimmied beneath me but I somehow stayed upright. And by the time I got home I was glowing with the ride and feeling pretty hardy to have got out at all.

Or at least, I would have been feeling hardy had I not seen a girl in Bigtown the other night wearing a pair of capri trousers and – I swear I’m not making this up – sparkly flip-flops. All this at -2°C. I knew they bred them hardy up here; I just didn’t know they bred them totally insane.

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14 Responses to Winter Cycling Checklist

  1. kimharding says:

    Capri trousers and sparkly flip-flops, try Aberdeen, they will be out in mini skirts and open toed stilettos on Union St on Friday night… It is the same every winter.

  2. Paul says:

    Be afraid. It may be contagious.

  3. Kim says:

    Oh and good to see you enjoyed your ride ;-)

  4. disgruntled says:

    Paul – never. I’m far too much of a wuss
    Kim – it was good but there were a few moments when I thought ‘you know, if I was doing this on holiday, I’m pretty sure my insurance wouldn’t have covered it’.

  5. flaneur brian says:

    What’s a “Buff”?

  6. Andy in Germany says:

    I’m finding that riding is interesting at times, especially on our big heavy Dutch bike: the front is a bit lively, but the back seems to have a mind of its own and slides to the side suddenly like a dog which saw a rabbit. Usually I can predict when it’ll do this, but it’s most disconcerting…

  7. disgruntled says:

    Andy – my bike is surprisingly good, except for those moments when you feel the back wheel slip as you’re pedalling forward. I have to remember to keep my weight well back
    FB – damn, I meant to put in a link. I’ve got one of these which keeps my neck warm without getting tangled up like a scarf

  8. WOL says:

    you are much more intrepid than I am, or is it foolhardy?

    Just to show solidarity, http://grundlepod.blogspot.com/2010/01/we-has-had-snow-event.html

    Multiple solutions to the same problem: http://grundlepod.blogspot.com/2010/02/loop-scarf.html

  9. disgruntled says:

    Oh, foolhardy, definitely. It’s snowing now and I’m wondering about going out again…

  10. Ross Angus says:

    Yes, this is all well and good, but does the stove work as promised, in proper cold weather?

  11. disgruntled says:

    was just about to come to that. Working for a living at the moment so not so much time to blog

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