What about work clothes? Do you all change/shower at work? I am not sure I can bear lugging extra clothes in addition to a laptop and books.
I wear work clothes too. I have some fairly waterproof, warm stretchy mid-layer pants I can wear over almost anything, even other pants, but I usually wear skirts and tights anyway. I just wait til I get to work to put on the skirt if it's snowy.
As for shoes, I have a pair of waterproof hiking books that are my best friend. if it's super cold I wear ziplock bags between the boots and wool socks.
Other items that have proven invaluable:
Legwarmers made from chopped sweater arms (the cuffs make them stay up, but they're roomier than storebought legwarmers--the part by your feet is really wide though so wouldn't work with fixed unless you can rig a strap to secure them under your soles)
a zip-front midlayer top (from REI outlet)
Down vest! down vest! down vest!
Burley wind/rain shell about 2 sizes too big for me. The kind with armpit zippers. This is the most expensive item I've purchased for riding, has lasted 5 years, and worth every penny.
h3 said:Alison Fisher said:What about work clothes? Do you all change/shower at work? I am not sure I can bear lugging extra clothes in addition to a laptop and books.
I bike to work in the wintertime in work clothes.
The main challenge is shoes. It helps to have a place to keep the nice ones at work to change into.
commute, ride, get everywhere? Yes, most of the time.
Biggest challenge.. Things that are there the rest of the year disappear during the winter(eg. cut-thru's, paths that dont get plowed, traffic moving to fast for conditions, etc., etc..)
Necessary gear..A great base layer and a windproof top layer. A clava doesnt hurt either.
Issues.. Ice in gears, and as of last year where I live since there was a shortage of ice, sand! Man that sucked, the sand swallowed both my derailleurs last year. Probably my fault, but how the hell do you get sand out of stuff?
Really winter isn't that bad in Chicago. It's easy to stay warm, its the roads and traffic that you gotta contend with.
I haven't checked out the rest of the entries, but here's a link to studded bike tires: