Winter 2014 – dandy staff picks for winter riding

Our Winter 2014 is here!

Nine dandies were asked to pick just one item that makes the difference for their winter wheeling.

Thanks to all the dandies who participated:

Jun Nogami - Handlebar booties

Yvonne Bambrick- leg warmers

Laurie Featherstone - goggles

Laura Pin - balaclava

David Keogh - headband

Matt Talsma - lights

Joey Schwartz - studded tires

Amelia Brown - hand-knitted scarf

Tammy Thorne - wool, including Icebreaker base layers


Winter 2013/2014 - dandyhorse magazine staff picks for winter gear

Winter cycling: how do dandies do it?

Winter riding is fun for everyone. Some of us (like me) only ride for short distances at wintertime using heavier, slower bikes in the winter. Others ride for longer distances in different terrains using studded tires or special goggles for those long rides on very cold days. There are many different winter riding styles.

Some have innovative gear just for winter riding – like Jun’s Handlebar booties or my IceBreaker merino wool base layers – while others just wear what they would normally wear in winter, like Amelia’s hand-knit scarf or Yvonne’s Pre-loved leg warmers.

The one piece of advice you need: layer up. And remember that wool is your friend. The cold isn’t usually an issue – you warm up really fast once you get your 'motor’ running, but you do need to take special precautions when it comes to that biting wind chill and Toronto’s messy roads. (Hey Cycle Toronto, what about those “snow routes”?)

In Toronto, the city leaves snow and debris in the bike and curb lanes, so you do need to take the lane a lot more often when winter riding. Ride in the centre of the road and stay visible. Always have your lights on during the shorter days of winter and, slap on some reflective gear too – if that’s your style.

You may also want to choose your route more carefully since the city doesn’t always clear snow from side streets either. The key is to just take your time, make sure you wear layers, keep your extremities covered up and be well lit. You just have to try it. Why? Because you will probably like it! And because you get all the same benefits of cycling in the fair weather: exercise, feeling refreshed when you arrive, getting there faster and the freedom of moving your own self from A to B.

This winter we decided to follow in our dandy winter issue tradition by interviewing some of our dandy contributors to isolate just one item that makes a big difference during those colder commutes.

It is not an exhaustive or a definitive list – it’s just nine of our top dandies telling you what they use to make their winter wheeling a little smoother. We’d like to know how you do it too!

Oh, and even though it’s been a cold winter – thanks to extreme weather changes (snark: climate change – what climate change?) we’ve still had some very warm days too. We didn’t cover off rain gear in this issue, but needless to say that waterproof footwear is absolutely key in messy weather – including snowstorms!

Thanks again to: Laura Pin, Yvonne Bambrick, Matt Talsma, Laurie Featherstone, Joey Schwartz, Jun Nogami, Amelia Brown and David Keogh for being so damn dandy.

And thanks to IceBreaker for my great base layers.

Special thanks to David Keogh and Yvonne Bambrick for these fab photos too.

Link to all nine stories here on

~ All the best for 2014! Tammy, editor dandyhorse


Check out some of our past winter issues here:

dandy winter 2012

Winter Bike Spotting



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