“The old bicyclists’ credo is, ‘There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing,’” Stephenson noted. “You can learn to get through just about anything with the right clothes and the right attitude. I still get by on bulk wool socks from Costco and layers from the activewear sections of Savers and Goodwill.”
No matter how warm you’re dressed or how sweet your ride might be, the toughest thing for any winter cyclist in Minnesota is motivation. Even the most dedicated riders can very easily check their weather apps (or look out the window) and decide that a day full of Netflix buried under blankets beats the literal definition of biking and chill.
Stephenson said that the most important tip to get your frozen butt out the door is to keep all of your necessities piled up in one place. Gloves, facemask, boots, and probably a pint of whiskey should all be easily accessible, giving you one less reason to hibernate.