Jenni in Ohio has a low-end hybrid–style bike with a milk crate on the back, full coverage fenders, and lights for her two mile commute. In other words, she already has the perfect bike for her commute. She asks for gear advice for the coming winter on an email discussion list that I monitor.
- Technical fabric tights, jerseys, vests and jackets.
- Merino base layers.
- Vented cycling jackets.
- Replace plastic mechanical parts on the low-end bike with metal components.
- The Aeroshield.
- Layers layers layers!
- Insulated water bottles.
Insulated water bottles? Are you kidding?
It’s a 15 MINUTE RIDE TO WORK, not a Himalayan expedition! That’s easily a thousand dollars worth of gear listed above to use with a $400 bike. For two miles, just dress for the weather, wear gloves and a hat and maybe a scarf, take it easy and you don’t even need to worry about venting and hundred-dollar athletic wear.