Winter cycling

Hi, My name's Pete Hickey, and I cycle-comute in the winter. The following is a collection of several photos related to winter cycling.

Here is an example of my frozen face from riding in the cold. When its insanely cold, your breath will freeze all over your face. In the above photo, my balaclava is so covered with ice that it actually froze onto my beard (see next photo). This photo is after an hour of riding at around -30 degrees. It really looks much worse than it is.

I couldn't just pull off the balaclava because it was frozen solidly onto my beard When this happens, the simplest thing to do is to get down on my knees and press my beard onto the radiator in my office. Co-workers think its a strange religious ritual.

My bicycle suffers from the winter as well. Note the buildup of snow and ice on the frame, wheels, crank, etc.. Not only is it not good for the bicycle, but it makes riding much more difficult. Things don't turn as well.

If you want to see some more pictures of the bike, click here.

Not only does my bike get messed up, but also my clothes. The normal stripe-down-the-back is much worse when riding in the winter.

Pete Hickey / pete@mudhead.uottawa.ca
Pete Hickey / phickey@livetest.uottawa.ca
Pete Hickey / phickey@gtest.uottawa.ca
Eric / echenard@livetest.uottawa.ca
Eric / echenard@gtest.uottawa.ca