•Any kind of bicycle will work if set up correctly.
•If you have the option, a mountain bike with wide
tires and flat bars is best.
Fenders are very important in the winter.
Protect individual from snow, slush, water, and most of
all getting wet!
Tires with a significant amount of tread (especially on
the sides) are preferable.
Studded tires are a great option for all winter
conditions. Increase traction even in harsh
conditions and ICE!
Keep front and rear light on the bike all winter!
In the winter is it easy to get caught out in low light or
at night because of the short days.
Base Layer (wicking layer)
Your base layer (against your skin) and mid‐layers
should be synthetics or wool. Cotton in these layers will
feel wetter and colder than the above materials. No T‐
Insulating Layer (Warmth Layer)
Layer various weights of polypro, capilene, drilete or
wool over your base layer depending on temperture
and conditions. (Applies to only upper body)
Multiple light layers with neck zippers let you adjust
your ventilation as you ride.
KEY!!: Wear enough to stay warm but not sweat!!! If
you sweat you will get cold fast. It is better to start a
little cold and get warm and comfortable as you ride.
Shell (wind proof/water proof)
Outer layer to keep body dry and protected from the
Vent zippers on jackets and pants make it much easier
to regulate temperature and to keep you from
For the lower body usually a base layer and a
windproof/waterproof layer is enough. Due to the work
you are doing with your legs they stay warm. (Again,
Do Not Get Sweaty and Wet or You Will Get Cold!!!)
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET OVER YOUR WARM HAT!!
These extra layers help keep you warm and dial in your
temperature and system.
Winter Riding Techniques
Try to pedal smoothly and relax your upper body,
especially on ice and soft snow.
When the bike starts going sideways, make small
corrections rather than over steering and weaving down
the trail. Practice riding in a straight line when the trail is
good so it's easier under bad conditions.
Road ice can provide lots of traction or very little. Learn
how the different types look and sound. Try not to brake
hard on the slippery sort, or if you must, use only your
rear brake. Watch for dry patches where you can do your
braking or turning.
Winter Riding is a Blast!
“There is no bad weather only bad gear!”
Have Fun out There!!