Let’s face it. If you live north of the equator there’s a decent chance you’re stuck in this weather phenomenon we call, “winter.” Perhaps you’re a skier or snowboarder and have hung up your rubber shoes in favor of wooden plans. More power to you. But, for those of you who just can’t quit your bike, we feel you. We feel you because we still have sensation in our fingers from years of trial and error of keeping our bodies somewhat temperate in cold(er), nasty weather. In fact, we have so much wonderful advice for you that we’re launching a series of posts called Winterized. Winterized features tips from Kona employees, partner and pro riders on how to best survive the winter. So grab a cup of your favorite toddy, throw another log on the fire, and soak in the advice. We’ve suffered so you don’t have to.
Name: Kevin Rutherford
Kona gig: Canada Sales/Small Parts
Bike of choice: Process
How Kevin gets Winterized:
Fall/winter is my favourite time to ride! I generally ride my Process all year long, regardless of weather and I run Minions year round.
The key riding gear I find is:
- Warm, semi-lined base layers
- Moto/DH/long legged pants to keep my legs clean, and avoid the mud ‘tan lines’
- RaceFace Agent jacket
- Bag for wet gear after the ride. Anything from a garbage bag to a dry-bag to keep the slop contained and the car dry
A couple dream gear additions would be:
- 5×5 pop-up canopy for changing underneath
- Mini pressure washer, either battery or cigarette-lighter powered
Name: Pat White
Kona gig: Long-time Product Manager and floral verbiage connoisseur
Bike of choice: Roadhouse and Hei Hei AL
How Pat gets Winterized:
Fenders (road) Open lug treads (MTB)
Microfleece helmet liners
Name: Molly Joyce
Kona gig: Inside sales support,
Bike of choice: Honzo
How Molly gets Winterized:
- Best Drink: Thermos with hot Skratch Green tea electrolyte mix.
- Snack: 100% pure Maple Syrup – the electrolytes and low glycemic sugars give you a more steady boost of energy and it just tastes like the holidays. Untapped has them in shot size packets, or if you are more wary of lots of trash, then a hip flask with maple syrup in it – just make sure you refrigerate it after your ride so it doesn’t go bad.
- Mucky Nuts fenders.
- A vest (Troy Lee Design, Giant, Pearl Izumi etc)– keep the core warm for sure!
- A bandana wrapped around your neck – great for keeping you warm but more importantly for protecting your face on the bitter cold descents, and blowing all those runny boogers out.
- Hand warmers: again, a good trick for warming up your hands if your fingers are frozen.
- Studded tires! Mob around the trails or your frozen streets with nobby, studded tires! The most fun commuting around. Schwalbe Marathon Winters and the Ice Spiker are all rad.
Name: Kevin Thornton
Kona gig: Graphics
Bike of choice: Whichever one has fenders
How Kevin gets Winterized:
Just like everyone else, I’ve tried every type of clothing, layering, combination possible and nothing stops the rain from getting me wet. But there is one thing I swear by…gore-tex socks that I wear inside my shoes. Not the boot things that go over the shoes…those are a hassle. In my experience…dry feet = warm feet = nothing else matters.
That’s it for round one of Winterized. Stay tuned to the Cog over the coming weeks for more cold weather riding tips!