- You should nose that Kleenex is necessary.
- Dressing for the ride will take as long as the ride.
- Learn to be at peace with your own company.
- If 3 layers are good, 4 are better.
- Road choice is hard because main roads are busy but clearer of snow and side roads are more slippery but have fewer cars.
- Ride down the centre of side roads, they are melted because cars going both ways use the centre area. Keep looking for traffic.
- Hill climbing is good exercise because you can’t go fast on the flat or downhill.
- Don’t brake and turn on ice even with studded tires unless near a fluffy snow bank.
- Washing between your toes during the post ride shower is unnecessary …. they didn’t sweat.
- Try it and come up with your own rules!
Guest post by Ed Hummel:
I am a retired teacher and a small business owner. I became serious about cycling about 6 years ago after deciding that if I was going to be healthy I should get off the couch.
I resurrected my 10 year old hybrid bike out of the garage and got hooked. Loving the company of others I joined Waterloo County Wanderers which rides Tues. and Thurs. evenings and then Great Canadian Bike Tours which rides Sundays both in the warmer seasons. I am now a very active member and on their executives. These are road clubs so I own two road bicycles too.
For the last 5 years I have run The Shortest Day of the Year ride on around Dec 21st.
I have become involved to a small extent politically with cycling issues.
The most important aspects for me is the enjoyment, the health benefits followed closely the environmental pluses.