Here is a secret to winter bike commuting: it’s not that bad. If you look closely at the individual days that make up winter, you’ll see that most of them are pretty nice. Sure, sometimes the windchill is -20 and sometimes a foot of snow falls, but the time between the extreme days is perfectly fine for bike commuting.
This week served as a good example. After Monday’s light rain, the temperatures fell but stayed above 0. On Wednesday morning my commute temperature was 7 degrees. Sounds cold, right? I wore the same outfit I put on in my winter dressing video and was hot and sweaty by the time I got to work. On Thursday the temperature rose to over 30 degrees. I wore a vintage dress with a chunky wool cardigan over it and was plenty warm. Through all of this my studded tires went, “clackityclackclickclacky” on the dry pavement, but I didn’t mind – I love dry pavement! And a bonus of winter commuting is that I don’t get sweaty helmet hair.
I’m considering buying this winter Bern Muse helmet, but in the hot pink color. The purple is sophisticated, but the pink has good visibility and it would match the pink suede gloves from last winter I’ve reverted to wearing. On the other hand, I don’t really need another pricey Bern winter helmet. Thoughts? Anyone out there have different helmets for different moods? So far I have only two.