Filed under: Advocacy, Commuting, Education, Gear, How To, Outreach
I ride, a bicycle, in Wisconsin, year round…
In my discussions with cycling friends who only ride in fair weather, here is my conclusion. I will assume they are like other normal people and are a good sampling of the population.
They don’t ride in the winter because: It’s cold, and slippery, and cold. I did have a concern or two about their steeds and the salt, but mostly, it’s cold.
My answer is usually a question. You live in the midwest, it gets cold here, you don’t seem to suffer from bouts of hypothermia, how do you stay warm? And thus, I answer their biggest problem with riding in the winter.
Second big problem is usually the snow and ice on the roads. This is the more complicated answer, one most cyclists enjoy though. Buy stuff for your bike. This is a list of possibles:
Studded tires- they just work. Carbide studs last a long time. Tires are easy to change, most cyclists should know how to fix a flat.
Fenders- there are easy to put on fenders using rubber straps, some snap on to the frame or, have permanant ones put on. I reccomend having a shop put them on. They can be a pain to line up.
A bag- any bag you can carry an extra layer of clothing, batteries for lights (I assume you have them already) and other bits of bike nessessity. I use a Messenger bag but any backpack, bike trunk or pannier bag works. If you need water proof, use ziplock bags.
The big thing that I have added to my bike for cold weather riding are: POGIES! – these are the big handlebar mitts. Every type I have tried are warm, some are not waterproof. Everyone I know who has them becomes a winter rider. They range from $20 for ATV mitts to $100 for the super Alaskian type. I generalize extremely, just search for ‘bicycle bar mitts’ or ‘pogies’.
You don’t have to ride in the snow. The streets clear off a couple days after a snow and are quite passable. Riding in the snow can be challenging, expecially when there is loose snow to go through. Mostly, keep yourself kind of fluid and roll with it. Momentium will get you through, always ‘be ready’ for the bike to slip when going through the loose stuff or over ice if you don’t have studs.
Simple answer to riding in the winter, in Wisconsin. Wear warm, layers work best but, any warm will do.
Look for the next article: How I ride in the winter- The gear.
When: Wednesday, November 16 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cass & Connor’s house, 131 15th St. S, La Crosse, WI
If you are passionate about bicycling and want to see more people riding bikes in our community then read on and come join us to learn more.
More and more people are riding bicycles these days and that is a really great thing but there are still people that do not have bicycles or have not discovered that the bicycle is a great form of everyday transportation. The bike coop will work to make owning a bicycle for transportation easy and affordable. We will refurbish donated bicycles for both kids and adults and get them into the hands of people who need them. We also hope to create a classroom to offer classes and to give other local groups a place to hold classes and bicycle related activities as well. Plus there will be a big bicycle “culture” component to the organization. Yes it will work and be some work, but it will also be great gobs of fun!!
We will be using the Milwaukee Bike Collective as our inspiration:http://bikecollective.org/
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Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Lanes, Bike Paths, Committees, Commuting, Education, Events, Issues, Outreach, Rides
DRBC is now listed on VolunteerMatch.org. This will give us more visibility to those searching for volunteer opportunities related to bicycling. Also, some companies have a “Dollars for Doers” program that gives employees the ability to have grant money donated to their favorite non-profit organization.
The City of Onalaska, Wi submitted an application for Bicycle Friendly Status in the last round of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), Bicycle Friendly Community program. We are sorry to report that they did not receive this recognition but did receive and honorable mention. We hope for the opportunity to work with the city on achieving this status in the future, as well as working on Complete Streets. If your community is interested in applying the DRBC would be happpy to help.
The LAB has also just released the latest annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. This year Wisconsin slip from the number 2 spot to number 3, main based on the efforts of Maine, who was in a close 3 place last year and moved to number 2 this year. Wisconsin had held the number 2 spot for the past three years. Minnesota maintain its numbe 4 ranking for the second year in row. For more information on the program and on the scoring of the individual states go the LAB program website here.
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It was another great Bike to Work Week in the Driftless Region this year. Community support and participation was up and it seemed that there were a lot more people out on their bikes than ever. With an expanded schedule this year, we worked managed tohold events in three communities and look forward to reaching out to even more next year! Read all about the great events that went on last week and find out who won the coveted Golden Helmet awards this year. Read More…