I won’t lie. I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold. Having spent the last 10 winters in more temperate climates on the west coast, I knew that figuring out how to cope with Detroit’s signature chill would be a work in progress.
The same held true for biking around the city in the winter. I’d proven to myself that I could deal with rainy weather. But ice? Snow? Another Polar Vortex? Scanning articles online and browsing my favorite outdoor retailer’s website didn’t help. This looked like a costly venture with more stuff to buy. Yuck! But instead of stocking up, I did what I knew how to do best – just keep riding. And it turns out that might have been the biggest part of the secret.
Now don’t get me wrong, winter bicycling in the city is different. But I also discovered that there are some reasons it is – gasp! – better than the alternatives. Here’s what I mean: