Photos by Sarah Greene
I keep my feet warm with Cycle Toronto‘s DeFeet Wooleators, over cotton socks. ($20, available in numerous Toronto bike stores; see Cycleto.ca for details.) My lambswool-lined boots are Ecco; I coat them with mink oil to keep out the moisture.
My upper body gets a minimum of six layers on cold days, i.e., anything below -2 Celsius, in this order: a cotton camisole (Jacob), a silk long-sleeved T-shirt (Eddie Bauer, online store only), a cotton long-sleeved T-shirt (Joe Fresh), a Liberty cotton long-sleeved shirt, a wool sweater hand-knit by my mother, a sheepskin “bunda” she brought me back from Hungary, and a beautiful multi-coloured silk scarf that was a gift from Tatijana Milinkov. (Ed note: In this photo below, taken on a freakishly mild afternoon in January, Renata is wearing a T-shirt from Me To We printed with one of her designs: Star Child on electronic canvas © 2011).
On the bottom, I wear silk long johns (Eddie Bauer, online store), cotton corduroys (Joe Fresh), and yellow rubber all-weather pants, a gift from a sailing friend.
The trapper’s hat was brought from the Yukon by friends. On my hands, I have hand-knitted striped wool gloves from a women’s collective in Nepal, over a pair in cashmere-lined leather.
Why is cycling still the best way to go in the winter?
I ride in winter because I enjoy the view of the world I get on a bike. It resembles cinema without a camera or edits.
I can more easily solve creative problems I might be having in my work as a visual artist, in that the repetitive movement puts me in a great frame of mind.
Renata Janiszewska is a visual artist (renatajaniszewska.com). Her next show, titled Curlique, is at the Pape Library, from March 2 through March 30. She is a year-round cyclist and passionate cycling advocate – she’s been biking year-round for about 20 years, including a great couple of years in the south of France.
View all of our self-submitted Winter Bike Spotting profiles here.
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