Jun Nogami: The beauty of handlebar booties
Item: Handlebar booties
Photos by Yvonne Bambrick
Temperature on day of shoot: About 0 °C.
Coldest temperature ever ridden: I've ridden when it is -25°C without wind chill, but much below that, gears and brakes start having problems.
Average km on winter commute: 9 km one way
My favourite winter riding gear? I could talk about my Schoeller dryskin pants, or wool socks or helmet earflaps, but I think my current favourite piece of winter gear is the pair of handlebar booties that I’ve been using on a new winter bike.
They have very high quality Cordura construction with a fleece lining. Buttons, loops and Velcro give you several options to position them on the handlebars. They work on a variety of handlebar shapes including straight bars. The booties add at least 10°C of comfort to my hands, perhaps more when it's windy.
The fleece lining makes the booties stiff enough to keep the hand openings wide open, and I’ve added a bar end bell so that I can ring it while keeping my hands warm.
Jun Nogami is a dandy contributor, year-round cyclist, and blogs regularly about biking on his blog Biking in the Big City.
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P.S. If you would like to buy Handlebar Booties you can here or by emailing: HandlebarBooties@gmail.com