Once upon a time I was into cycling big time. For 6 years I rode my Giant road bike to work and back every single day. On weekends I’d do 20km+ loops around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and a few times I even took part in races.
When we moved to London almost 9 years ago I stopped cycling. London traffic and streets are insane. There is not much room for cyclists and parked cars everywhere on the side of the roads I do not like (I was once taken out by a car door that a driver swung open without checking oncoming traffic first).
In absence of cycling I became a runner. Something I never said I’d become because I thought why would I run if cycling is so much faster! :)
I have missed my bike a lot though so I’m finally getting back into cycling. Thankfully I live in an area of London that is only 10km from Richmond Park – that 10km I’m willing to ride in traffic since it’s mostly bigger/wider streets.
My husband cycles to work on most days and I’m so happy that he’s put his racing days behind him and cycles carefully AND by obeying traffic rules. He also looks like a Christmas tree year round – bright and flashy without any shame :)
These days I see way too many cyclists not only madly racing from one traffic light to another but also wearing black from head to toe. Point of my post – slow down and make yourself visible.
Here’s a cool infographic about cycling tips specifically for winter:
I would add to the list:
- Clear or yellow tinted glasses – they protect your eyes from cold wind.
- Head band to cover your ears.
- Shoe covers (essential!)
- Cover for your backpack, if you’re commuting with a bag. Most road bikes, like mine, do not come with mud guards so your behind gets quite muddy in the winter, hence the need to protect your bag.
Are you a brave soul who cycles in a big city? Do you have any other tips for staying warm and safe in the winter?