You guys are some kind of Neanderthals !
You guys are just crazy! (Okay, THAT may be true)
But, the question remains, how do we DO IT? Well, it is true that a positive mental attitude is key to riding in the cold. A well maintained bike with proper tires, a good battery; all those things are important as well. The NUMBER ONE trick to riding in the cold? THE RIGHT GEAR.
The ugly white stuff hasn't even started yet, so lets be prepared shall we?
So, just what do you need when the temperature starts to get cold?
Surprisingly, not much between 60 and 32 degrees. Start at the top.
A good full-face helmet is the best way to keep your face intact.
If the wind is sneaking in past that, a wonderful device known as a balaclava does the trick.
We are snobs, and carry these in silk, chamois, and polar fleece. Thin, and easy to carry in a pocket at all times. We have one in each of our riding jackets.
Next, of course is a good undergarment. Pick your poison here. We prefer silk or polar fleece, however there are too many choices to go into here. Just remember the first rule of cold weather gear cotton kills. If it is made of cotton you need something better.
A good jacket ( again there are a million choices). We are dealers for Corazzo, Tourmaster, Cortech, Alpinestar, ICON, Z1R, FLY, Firstgear, and Riverroad just to name a few. Purchase as good a jacket as you can afford and go from there. None of us started with the best, so don't worry. We can help you no matter what the budget.
Next of course is a good set of winter gloves. We have choices from $29 to $150 in the cold weather glove area. You can ride to amazingly cold temps with a good $50 pair of winter gloves. We know what works and what doesn't.
Are your legs cold? There are items way beyond a simple pair of chaps these days ( though they still work). There are full overpants that zip over your existing pants to keep you warm, and zip off when you get where you are going.
We even have scooter capes from Cheeky Seats for your legs and lap. They work REALLY well.
Lastly, don't forget a good set of proper boots. The trick really is going from top to bottom and making sure the wind (and cold) doesn't get in.Not too hard with a few of the right pieces of gear.
Now, when the temps drop below the freezing mark. We expect most to leave their rides in the garage. If you decide to venture out below those temps. We have electric heated gear, and snowmobile one piece suits. We ride All winter and know how to make these work properly. If you want to ride that cold, PLEASE come see us. We would love to help. We even have a winter Shrinky Dink contest for those who do. Complete with prizes for the ones willing to go hardcore. Watch for that to start on December 21st
We even have gear to outfit the bike itself for cool weather.
Heated grips, wind skirts, and hand protectors are just a few of the tricks we have up our sleeves.
So, to sum up. We don't expect everyone to ride in the 20's. However, with just a small investment in riding gear, you can extend your riding season 2 months on each end easily. Now isn't THAT a good idea? With good gear, a 50 degree day in January feels wonderful.
Don't be nervous, peek your head out, and let us show you how to have fun.
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