hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with less than
7 weeks left till Christmas, winter is most definitely
on its way.
week, for the first time in months, the long cycling
trousers came out, and it became an issue if I forgot
my gloves in the morning. Stopped at traffic lights
after a hard climb your breath now graphically demonstrates
how hard you breathing, creating your own personal
fog. And the looks from work colleagues now turn from
amusement at your continued cycling to work, to genuine
worry about your well-being.
the simple fact of the inevitability seems to keep
us going. Yes it will get colder; so we don more layers.
It may get windier, but battling against a headwind
will only make us work harder and gain more. Rain
may become a more frequent travelling companion, but
those same garments protecting us from the cold impart
their waterproof functionality.
are simple ways to prepare for the onset of winter,
but most actually have nothing to do with keeping
you warm. Everyone will have the layers of clothing
which they need - I have pressed into action normal
jumpers and jeans under cycling trousers to ward off
the cold in the past. What you really need to do is
make sure your bike is working properly, because while
things going wrong in the summer can be annoying,
in the winter, while it's dark and cold and the wind
chill is setting in - well at that point your bike
becomes your worst enemy as it keeps you incessantly
from your end of ride cocoa.