Tuesday Night Ride
November 29, 2016
6:15 pm Start Time
Leaving from DQ on Caribou St W between 4th and 5th Avenue.
60-90 minute ride in the SNOW!!.
Dress your lower body for the air temperature and your upper body for the wind chill temperature.
Wear warm gloves (or mitts) and warm socks, they will be the first things to get cold.
My expected wardrobe for tonight’s conditions:
Warm socks (I like T-MAX from Mark’s), T-MAX long underwear (Mark’s), MEC commuter pants.
Base-layer shirt (light-weight, Under Armor), wool mid-layer (North Face), cycling jacket (Louis Garneau).
Lobster gloves (Sugoi), neck warmer (or face mask if wind chill is worse)(Sugoi), ear muffs (Marks).
If the temperature is -10 or warmer, cycling shoes with shoe covers.
Below -10, winter hiking boots.
Below -10, I will add a hat under my helmet.
Below -10, I will add liner gloves inside the lobster mitts.
Below -15, I will change the base-layers and mid-layers to a heavier material.
Also, I wear liner shorts with a chamois (Louis Garneau, or Sugoi, or MEC), much more economical than buying pants with a built-in chamois.
If you are shopping for Christmas, or making a wish list, I recommend the following:
Boh’s Cycle & Sporting Goods. Local knowledge for local conditions, your best place to start. My favorite winter clothes come from Boh’s.
Mark’s. I have had good results with T-MAX, socks, gloves, base-layers, underwear, headgear.
Peavy Mart. Warm mid-layer clothing from Helly Hanson.
Louis Garneau. Canadian made for Canadian conditions (Quebec and East Coast).
Sugoi. For Canadian conditions (West Coast).
MEC. Online Canadian outdoor gear, read the reviews to determine if the product is suitable for a prairie winter.
Beware of American-made products advertised as "winter" wear, most are only good to about -5.
Bring something to drink.
Wear a helmet.
Lights are a necessity.
See you on the trails,