The low temperatures (and snow) brought by Burian in Italy and Europe are the norm during the Canadian winters. Here are some tips for those who do not want to give up the bicycle even in these days of Siberian frost, collected from blogs and social pages of cyclists in Canada, such as that of Facebook called “Velò d’hiver” (“Winter Bike”).
Cycling with the cold, like dressing up
The French newspaper “Le Monde” collected the rules for cycling with the cold , written between Québec and its surroundings . Rules ranging from classic dressing “onion” to the most unusual pepper to put in socks. The blog “Vélocyclisme.com” will explain the clothing suitable for cyclists who face temperatures below zero : here the so-called “onion system” is explained in detail, remembering to wear more layers of clothes to remove if necessary (“when you pedal, you get warm!”) and preferably wide, so as to “leave air layers that act as an insulator”.
Ground pepper helps circulation
The extremities of the body are the first to suffer from frost, and a “grandma’s trick” consists of putting freshly ground pepper in gloves and socks to stimulate the blood circulation of hands and feet. “It really works”, assure Canadian cyclists. As for the gloves, it would be preferable to wear those without finger separation: the latter, in fact, “heat up faster if kept close to each other”. A reader of the blog also suggests to “take advantage of the waiting at the traffic lights to do some movement with the arms”. Another difficulty to deal with the cold: goggles and ski goggles, worn by someone to protect themselves from frost, which fog up preventing you from seeing the road well. Solution: if possible, exhale downwards.
How to face the snow by bike
In countries like Canada , where there are frequent snowfalls, there are those who wear bikes with winter tires. In our cities there is no need but, if our two-wheeled vehicle were to find itself in the snow, the main advice is to “dry it well” and “put it away, if possible indoors”, so that the humidity does not damage its mechanisms. Cycling on fresh snow, although it can be fun, “requires about twice the effort” to do it in normal conditions. And pay attention to the ice that can also form along the traces of the tires of the machines: the advice is the classic ones, “avoid braking or accelerating too abruptly”. If you do not make it, “also accept to get off the bike”. Finally, a rule concerning nutrition: “eat a little more than usual in winter and, if the road is long, bring a thermos with some tea”.