Winter Bike Commuting Items that will get you to Work and Spring

Winter bike commuting is much easier than you think. And no, it's not too late to start! Just think - no more having to start and clean off your car, just get on your bike and go. You will also save money by not filling your gas tank as much and less wear and tear, including less contact with salt which speeds up rusting. Even short commutes can add up!

In Vermont, February and March are the snowiest months of the year (remember that Blizzard Stella was mid March last year?). Winter bike commuting is even more enjoyable when it snows! Even when the snow goes away, there are still a few more months of slush and mud. 

Several of the Skirack's staff members winter bike commute into work - and we have comprised a list of winter bike commuting items that will get you to spring. 

 Louis Garneau Jacket

Louis Garneau LT Enterblock Jacket - Mens and Womens
 
The Louis Garneau softshell LT Enerblock jacket was designed to allow you to enjoy every moment of fall, winter and spring. A true all-rounder, this jacket designed for cold-weather sports will take you through the first and last miles of your cycling season, and then through all the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing paths you'll explore over the winter.

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 Louis Garneau Alpha VestLouis Garneau Alpha Vest - Mens and Womens

High performance insulating windbreaker that helps you start your training sessions without having to push to the max to warm up quickly. The front blocks the wind while the back evacuates perspiration, which lets the vest adapt to your level of effort to keep you dry at all times. The offset zipper facilitates layering and the multimedia pocket keeps your electronic devices warm. The Alpha Vest is great for cycling, skiing and running. It keeps your chest warm for unparalleled comfort. Very versatile, it will be a great asset and will make you want to wear it for almost all your cold-weather workouts.

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 Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer 1/4 Zip Smartwool Merino Wool 250 1/4 Zip Baselayer

Ride into work or school with comfort - with no stink! Even when temps start to warm up, you will find yourself still wearing a baselayer with no mid layer. The 1/4 zip allows additional ventilation.

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 Craft Ride Rain PantsCraft Ride Rain Pants

Craft Ride rain pants of course offer protection against the elements, but you can also easy put them over your dress pants or jeans for an easy-change once you get to work or school.

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 Darn Tough Winter Biking Socks

Darn Tough Barney and Bettery Winter Biking Socks

Darn Tough socks keep your feet warm and dry! This year, Darn Tough created their first winter biking sock!

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 Louis Garneau Super Shield GlovesLouis Garneau Super Shield Gloves

The lobster claw design is ideal for dexterity. Great gloves to use with or without bar mitts, for when the temps start to warm up. 

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Bar MittsBar Mitts

Bar Mitts allow you to keep your hands warm and still bike in cold conditions. They are easy to install and remove when temps warm up!

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 Louis Garneau Helmet CoverLouis Garneau Helmet Cover

Keep the rain out, add some warmth, be safe and seen with this high viz and reflective helmet cover.

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 Louis Garneau BeanieLouis Garneau Under Hat Beanie

Definately a must on those cold mornings to keep out the cold and wind.

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 Bike LightsNiteRider Mako 250 Front and Cherrybomb 35 Rear Light Set

Many "entry level" commuter lights are nothing more than "be seen" lights. Your overall safety and visibility should not be limited by your budget, that's why NiteRider® created the Mako™ 250. The Mako™ 250 is easy to operate and not only allows the cyclist to be seen, but allows the cyclists to see as well. 

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Studded TiresStudded Tires

Studded tires are must for icy conditions and will also help you cut through snow and stay stable. We have several options available.

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 Planet Bike FendersPlanet Bike Fenders

The best way to keep mud, snow, and water from splattering on your clothes!

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 Bike RackBlackburn Local Spring Clip Front or Rear Rack

A front or rear rack is ideal for commuting with gear so that you do not have to use a backpack and have the weight on your back.

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Thule Panniers 

Thule Reflective Panniers

Panniers are ideal for commuting with gear so that you do not have to use a backpack. These Thule panniers are reflective for visibility and safety, with a light attachment point. Roll top close and waterproof panniers protect against rain, snow, and mud, keeping your belongings dry. What's also great is that you don't have to use a separate pannier cover when it rains!  These panniers are sold in two, but are large enough for you to only need one for the most part when commuting to work.

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 Cargo NetCargo Net 

Keep a cargo net in your bag for backup storage, in case you run an errand or two during lunch.

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