dandyARCHIVE: Bike Spotting from our winter issue Part 2

Photo by Liz Munns

Scotland

Danny and Fiona Gilbert with son Alasdair in Crieff, Scotland on the grounds of Ardvreck School, where Danny teaches.

Fiona runs re:make a series of up-cycling craft workshops with people and planet in mind.

What do you wear for your winter ride?

Our winter ride clothes in this picture are slightly modified as it was taken on 25 January which is Robert Burns Day hence the semi-traditional dress!

Danny Gilbert: I’m wearing a waterproof shell jacket (Gore-Tex Paclite), Hunting Buchanan woollen kilt (The Kilt Shop), sporran, sgian-dubh (ceremonial dagger) in black kilt hose, cycling shoes (Shimano), bike helmet (Specialized).

Fiona Gilbert: My red wool coat (Ness), black winter boots (Clarks), big woolly jumper (Phase Eight), skirt (Boden), bike helmet (Camino) are all things I wear every day. As Billy Connolly said (although he’s better known for getting his kit off whenever possible, as opposed to layering up) ~ there’s no bad weather in Scotland, just the wrong clothing.

Tell us a bit about your winter cycling routes.

Danny: Around the grounds of Ardvreck School or on single track trails in the Strathearn area of Perthshire with Iain Campbell the local baker. The bike is a 1938 Schwinn Spitfire.

Fiona: Mostly within the town of Crieff on re:make business or to nursery. The bike is a 2004 Dawes Horizon.

Best thing about winter biking in Scotland?

Danny: Outstanding winter scenery.
Fiona: Incredible views and quiet rural roads.

Some of the Ardvreck school kids on a winter cycle. Photo by Adam Flint from Progression Bikes.

 

Montreal

Photo by Félix Bowles

Name: FX Tremblay
Occupation: Project Manager, Web and Media Relations at Vélo Québec
Neighbourhood: Montreal’s Petite Patrie

What do you wear for winter cycling from boots to hat?

Aigle Rubber Boots, Swrve Cordura Jeans (you can buy them unhemmed, perfect for tall fellas), custom-made jacket sewn by this retired lady who lives near my parent’s cottage, Ibex Shak Mid Layer, MECGore-Tex Mitts, Rapha and Paul Smith Knitted Winter Hat.

What is the length of your commute or average trip by bike in the winter?

It’s about 15 minutes between house and work and errands/going out = about an hour a day minimum on my bike (more on weekends).

How long have you been riding in the winter?

Seven years. It’s the same old thing in all seasons. Biking is the faster, more convenient way to get around the city. It’s healthy, it’s fun: why stop doing it? Riding at night, when the city’s bustle is muffled by fresh snow is pure bliss.

 

Photo by Félix Bowles

Name: Robin Black
Occupation: Program co-ordinator, youth active transportation program at Vélo Québec
Neighbourhood: Villeray in Montreal

What do you wear for winter cycling from boots to hat?

Jacket, pants, and gloves made of breathable, windstopping fabric, all coated with a fine crust of salt and dirt. Very fond of my toasty winter boots and windstopper skull cap.

What is the length of your commute or average trip by bike in the winter?

20 minutes.

How long have you been riding in the winter?

More than a decade.

What do you like about cycling in the winter?

Experiencing the practicality, freedom, and fresh air of riding a bicycle in the heart of winter.

 

Photo by Félix Bowles

Name: Marc Jolicoeur
Occupation: Research Director at Vélo Québec
Neighbourhood: Rosemont neighbourhood in Montréal

What do you wear for winter cycling from boots to hat?

Everyday shoes with Neos overboots. Long wool coat over my usual clothes, including jacket and tie when I have meetings. Wool and silk scarf. Gore-tex gloves over polar base gloves. Polar hat under my helmet.

How long have you been riding in the winter?

I used to ride only on dry pavement in all temperatures, and walk to work when there was snow on the ground. I started to ride in all conditions last winter, after 2 months of low activity because of a turned ankle. I added studded tires on my old city bike. My commute is just over 3 km.

What do you like about cycling in the winter?

Freedom! It is faster than walking, so you can do all those side trips at the bakery, the coffee shop, etc. It is not as boring and expensive as driving. I get to breathe fresh air when it rains or snows. I get to exercise and empty my mind when I come back from work.

 

You can read the full Winter 2012 issue here.

 

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Related on the dandyBLOG:

dandyARCHIVE: Bike Spotting from our winter issue part 1

Let it snow: New contract could mean bare pavement on priority bike lanes

dandySCOTLAND Part 1 – Kits and Kilts

dandySCOTLAND Part 2 – The oldest working bicycle in the world

dandySCOTLAND Part 3 – Around towns, from Perth to Fife

dandySCOTLAND Part 4 – Glasgow vs. Edinburgh

 

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