3269Re: [CarFree] getting around in snow
- Oct 1, 2001michelle@... wrote:
> I have just moved to a small town in Illinois, with no bus serviceI have to ask how far north or south in Illinois? It makes
> on Sundays. I will occasionally need to travel approx. 7 miles
> (each way), and winter is just around the corner...
> Any suggestions on a good carfree way to travel that distance in
> snow? (Also with having to carry a backpack or musical
> instrument on my back)?
a big big difference.
In Southern Ill. you'll hardly ever have to deal with
significant snow, but will instead have ice on the road,
which can be very dangerous.
In the north you'll be riding through snow which actually
makes very nice surface to ride on.
Either way your main problem is not the road surface, but
the wind. If you are in an open area with few buildings or
trees you will need a ski mask, or better a head stocking
(availible at most bike shops) which fits under your helmet.
If you wear glasses try to come up with an arraingment that
keeps your breath from fogging them. It can be done, but I
don't really know how to explain it.
I used to wear an extreme arctic wear parka durning January
and February, but I'd find myself opening the front a bit to
let some of the cold air in after riding a quarter mile or
so. Still, it's good to have if you wind up walking a bit
after parking the bike.
Get *several* pair of good gloves. You don't want to be
stuck without them if you misplace one.
-- mark at geekhive dot net
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