Photos by Tammy Thorne
What do you wear when you bike in the winter?
When I ride, summer or winter, my focus is on mobility and visibility. I wear padded shorts, Modrobes tights and Under Armour outer layer. On top, I wear a Modrobes base layer long sleeve, a hoodie of some sort, and Modrobes Modarchy jacket. Gloves, a toque under my helmet, and occasionally a kerchief to cover my face if it’s really bad out. I usually have my YNOT backpack on, carrying all my essential bike parts for when I’m in a pinch. The two most essential parts of my outfit, however, is my facial hair, and Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. I use the salve on my cheeks, nose, lips and anywhere else that may be exposed while I ride. It keeps the skin moist and protected from the wind and cold. AMAZING stuff!
Why is biking still the best way to go in wintertime?
Biking is always the best way around the city, as long as you’re prepared. When ice and slush hit, you need to know what you’re doing. Disc breaks are a saviour, I’m told, wish I had them!
How long have you been biking through the winter?
I’ve only rode in the city during the winter for two years, but it was a pretty natural transition. Just had to layer more!
Alexander Waddling is a student at Ryerson University studying psychology. He runs a fundraising bike-a-thon called Ride For A Dream to end violence against women. The group rode from Toronto to Vancouver last year and has a ride planned to St. John’s this summer.
View all of our self-submitted Winter Bike Spotting profiles here.
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