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Steve Brearton and Liz Kingstone and family
Photos by Yvonne Bambrick and text compiled by dandyhorse staff
What are you guys wearing?
I try to layer as much as possible in the winter. I always wear a base layer (including long underwear if it’s really cold), a thin down jacket – this one was bought on sale for less than $10 at Club Monaco and an outer shell or jacket on top. I have two Rapha jackets I often wear and if it’s wet out I’ll throw another rain layer on top of that. Mitts are essential winter gear for me as are waterproof overshoes. The last thing I want is wet, cold feet. My hands get cold easily, so when the temperature dips, I’ll wear the warmest, puffiest MEC mitts I can. Until then I’ll don knits mitts, ‘cause they tend to breathe pretty nicely. I’ll also wear MEC rain pants if it’s extra mucky out – they zip off easily and insulate from the wind. My ears also freeze, so a hat is essential – this one is from Paul Smith – and I’m not beyond sticking a cycling skullcap under my hat. Perhaps the most important winter bike gear I have are fenders on my bike. My Marinoni is my everyday winter ride and it sports MEC fenders. I’ll carry a slightly bigger courier bag in winter to throw excess layers into when I start overheating.
I encourage my kids Sidney, 4, Simon, 7, and Henry 10, to also layer and really pay attention to keeping their hands and feet warm. They love riding anytime and weather seems to be no barrier to when they get on their bikes. In fact, the more snow and ice and slop the better, as far as they are concerned – it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a hot chocolate or a band-aid. They don’t care about fenders.
My wife, Liz Kingstone wears whatever she wants, but it often includes a crazy, big hat. She’s a teacher and rides in the winter, but really only when the weather isn’t too inclement. She is also a big fan of fenders and rides a red bike to match her lipstick. She totally disregards winter gear and wears whatever she is going to wear (see previous sentence.)
Why do you ride in the wintertime?
I started riding year round when I moved to Toronto in 1987. There weren’t that many people riding in the winter then – you literally knew them or their bikes.
Biking is the best way to get around in winter for the same reason it’s the best any other time of year: it’s faster, more convenient, healthier, more sustainable and ultimately, much more fun. Riding in the sun on a clear, crisp winter day is heaven.
Writer and dandyhorse senior editor Steve Brearton has been riding year round for 26 years. Steve has been contributing to dandyhorse since issue #1!
Knit mitts are a hit!
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