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Cycle Toronto's Jared Kolb and Lynda Young
Photos by Yvonne Bambrick with text compiled by dandyhorse staff
What are you wearing?
Layering is the best way to dress for winter cycling. It helps me keep my body at the most comfortable temperature, by removing or adjust the layers as I get too warm or cold.
My must haves: scarf, wool beret,hat or toque, wool mittens or gloves, Merino wool lightweight long johns, Merino wool lightweight hoodie (long sleeves), Merino wool socks (check out Cycle Toronto's Merino wool socks on sale in major bike shops around Toronto), fleece long sleeves or fleece vest, waterproof jacket (long enough to go past my waist), waterproof pants, waterproof gloves, snow boots, or waterproof shoe covers.
I tend to bring more layers than most people really need. That's because I grew up on a tropical island. So I am usually happier to be too warm than too cold.
Also, a common misconception is that winter is too cold for cycling. On the contrary, friends who do cycle in the winter tell me they often get too warm, rather than too cold. This is because your body warms up really quickly with the pedalling. It comes down to dressing right to regulate your body temperature. That's why I find layering works.
Why is biking still the best way to go in the winter?
Cycling is my primary means of transportation. Even in the winter, I find cycling more enjoyable than being packed in a subway or a streetcar. It allows me to experience my commute by enjoying the environment and my neighbourhood. I also enjoy seeing people on the streets and exchanging a friendly smile with them.
Lynda is outreach coordinator, ward advocacy co-captain for Bike27, and Street Smarts and Bike Watch volunteer for Cycle Toronto. She's been a year-round cyclist since 2008, but moved to Toronto in 2010 and started winter cycling in 2011.
What I'm wearing that you can see: Patagonia Soft Shell Jacket -- wind proof & water resistant, MEC Frigorific Headband -- when the temperature drops below zero, I typically switch to a balaclava, Planet Bike Borealis lobster gloves -- allows pinky & ring fingers to stay together while giving maximum dexterity and good protection from the wind, Serfas TRAX MTB clipless riding shoes -- I prefer to ride clipless for my longer commute to Bloor and Bathurst from Jane and Bloor. This is my first year with these particular shoes, so I don't know how well they'll stand up in the cold. I'm also wearing nondescript jeans -- and to provide great wind protection for really cold days, I add long johns under my jeans. I also have my Giro helmet on.
What I'm wearing that you can't see: a warm sweater or MEC polar fleece (soft shell breathes well, but requires good insulation in the cold) and thermal socks.
What I normally wear for riding that I took off for photo shoot: eye protection -- sun glasses in sunny conditions, clear glasses in cloudy or at night. Protecting your eyes is a must!
Why do you ride in the winter?
It's one of the best times of year to ride! With the right gear, the cold's really not a problem. Riding generates a fantastic amount of internal heat, which keeps you going. The air is crisp and really, who wants to stand in the cold waiting for a streetcar?
Jared Kolb is director of campaigns and membership for Cycle Toronto. He's relatively new to winter cycling -- this is his third winter!
Check out the full set of the Winter Bike Spotting duos here.