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Survive Winter on Bike: Winter Biking Gear Guide
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Survive Winter on Bike: Winter Biking Gear Guide

Brrr. It’s cold outside.

Whether you bike commute to work (since Philly is SO good at that) or use your bike to get around time, you don’t have to stop just because the temperature drops.

The Women Bike PHL Facebook group (hint: ladies, join for tips & discussions!) was trading their best Winter Biking Gear secrets. One member, Jenna Emerson, was kind enough to submit a photo with what she wears once the temperature drops.

Winter Biking Essentials

Women Winter Bike Attire

1.  Waterproof snow boots. “Even if it’s not snowing yet, these boots will help prevent your toes from freezing!” (Also, they’re a great excuse to take off your shoes at every warm destination as Emerson notes). This pair was a steal from COSTCO for $40, and work with up to -20* weather.

Where to find ‘em now: Zappos has a selection of waterproof boots.

2.  Reflective Bike Clothes. Although though they may look silly, it’s important to stand out when it gets dark at 4:30 PM. Plus, it makes drivers a bit happier according to Emerson.

3. Lobster gloves. Lobster gloves give you a little more mobility while keeping your hands warm – try going for versions that are waterproof and insulated. Emerson’ version is Thinsulate Supreme by X-Static.

Want to grab a pair? The Pearl Izumi lobster gloves are available on Amazon.

4. Wool socks. Keep your feet warm with a pair of wool socks.

Where to get ‘em: Amazon has a 3 pack for around $30 and in the city, City Sports has a variety of women wool socks to choose from.

5. Survivor buff:Some bikers prefer the buff. As Emerson said, “it’s easier than a scarf to have it keep put around my nose & mouth.”

We love all of Emerson’s suggestions. But what other Winter Biking Gear has been recommended by lady cyclists?

Other recommended Winter Bike Gear:

  • Balaclava to cover your face and neck. Here’s a pair from REI.
  • Thermal Tights or fleece/wool leggings to keep mobility & warmth. A pair like Pearl Izumi was mentioned in the group.
  • Eyewear or glasses. As a woman who has the wind waterworks as soon as she walks outside, I understand the need to protect your eyes – especially while biking. Ski goggles or motorcycle goggles like these can do the trick.
  • Bar Mitts: Mittens for your handlebars. Warming your bike, warming your hands.
  • Reflective Helmet Cover: Insulating your head AND alerting drivers that you’re on the road – win win. Here’s a sweet neon version.
  • Soft-shell/thermal jackets: Finding a compact yet warm outer layer is key.
  • Lights! We can’t emphasize how important they are during the dark winter evenings.

Layers.

When I asked Rob Everitt of Community Bikes and Boards (712 S. 4th St., Phila, PA) for his winter biking gear advice, he had one theme.

“Yes, it’s all about base layers, base layers, and more base layers!”

I think Meghan Trainor was wrong – It’s all about that layer(s).

Trying to keep up and dash through the snow? People for Bikes explains how to bike through the foul weather.

 

Readers, what do you recommend for winter biking? Tell us in the comments.

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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