We’ve gotten two storms worth of snow in the last three days, and it’s been fun being out and about with my winter bike: a Louis Garneau Sub Zero. It came with Kenda Klondike studded tires, which are a bit narrower and knobbier than the Schwalbe Winter Marathons on my previous winter bike, and they’ve been fine in a variety of snowy conditions.
The only additions that I’ve made to the bike are a rear rack, a Japanese kickstand, and Handlebar Bootie pogies that are now sold under the Metal Tiger brand. The pogies add an easy 10C to the temperature rating of my gloves, and they cut the wind besides.
Also, I swapped out the galvanized chain (that rusted solid after two seasons) with a stainless chain.
I don’t ride this bike nearly as much as my other bikes (since I only ride it during the winter, but I’ve managed just enough so that I’m under $2 per ride).
The only other things I’m going to add are mudflaps to keep my feet drier on those days where there is a lot of snow melt in the bike lanes. Perhaps Buddy Flaps, which have done really well on the pink bike.
It’s also really important to be highly visible, especially during near whiteout conditions. I’m a big fan of my Torch T2 helmet, and my Proviz Reflect 360+ jacket. I also use a Safe Zone mirror, which is the only helmet mirror that can adjust on the fly. For those folks in Toronto, you can check out the mirror at Hoopdriver Cycles or Urbane Cyclist.
Ride on, and ride safe!
and keep in mind that the next World Winter Bike to Work Day is February 10 2017.