That’s right, you read correctly. Winter 2017 I documented my experience winter cycling for the first time in Sudbury. It was a steep learning curve, but as long as you have the right clothing, a winter beater bike & determination, you can do it!
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February 2 2018
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January 31 2018
Winter has been pretty rough on my bike. The chain rusted and started slipping when I would pedal, which was the absolute worst. I brought it into Sessions Ride Co and they quickly replaced the chain and gave my breaks a tune up! Good to go for the rest of winter!!
 - Cassidy
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January 26 2018
Below is my winter cycling apparel and gear. The only thing I would change are my gloves, but everything else works great from mild days to super cold days!
 - Cassidy
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January 22 2018
Lots of snow today on my way home! Snow is sometimes very tough to cycle in. If it's packed but loose it's nearly impossible, but if it's fluffy and untouched it is not too bad! Very fun actually on hills. 
 - Cassidy
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January 16 2018
So, ya. Today I tried to clean/unfreeze my chain because it's mild. I had to bring my bike in the house to dry. Just placed it on an old towel. 
 - Cassidy
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January 8 2018
NOOO. Just no. This crap junked up my bike and then froze and it was really bad. It is also very slippery to bike on. All around not fun.
 - Cassidy
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January 4 2018
AW YEEEAAA. My fingers froze today.
 - Cassidy
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January 3 2018
Well, I much prefer a very cold day with hard packed snow over a mild day with soft snow. Biking through this is like biking in SAND.
 - Cassidy
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December 12 2017
The temperature is dropping! Today was the first cold ride and today was the day I decided that I need to invest in thermal pants. I do have a pair of snow pants, but the button busts open when I release my breath from sucking in.. because I bought them when I was like 16. Also I think snow pants might be too bulky, just need a second layer to stop the wind.
 - Cassidy
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December 8 2017
Snow has fallen, and one of the perks of cycling in the winter is the very quick and easy snow removal process. No scraping windows, or warming up the car, just a quick brush of the hand and you are good to go! (That's after you have put on three layers of clothing, neck warmer, headband, helmet, gloves, boots and goggles of course).
 - Cassidy
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November 30 2017
Well, I understand why people have fenders on their bikes... on today's commute I got a lovely spray of wet sandy slush in my face as well as up by back.
 - Cassidy
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November 21 2017
SLUSH IS NOT COOL.
I was fish-tailing all over the place.
 - Cassidy
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November 20 2017
STUDDED TIRES RULEEE. 
That will be all.
 - Cassidy
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November 14 2017
Update:
I bought a winter beater bike from a lady on Kijiji for $20. After doing some reading about winter cycling I figured it would be best to have a bike that I don't mind ruining with road salt and sand. PLUS, a more low-tech bike might mean that my gears and brakes won't freeze *fingers crossed*. 
I also did invest in studded tires. BLESS the guys at Sessions Ride because they fixed me up with studded tires & tune up of the ole' winter beater. They are the only bike shop open during the winter, and they were super helpful and supportive and wonderful. AKA - I RECOMMEND
Tires were $140-$160 a pop... BUT AN INVESTMENT (in terms of money & health & environment).
MY CCM ICE AND I ARE READY TO RRRIPPPPP
If you see someone wipe out on a bike in the winter in Sudbury, it's most likely me.
 - Cassidy
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November 9th 2017
BACKGROUND:
Location: Living with Lakes Centre to Home
Distance: 4.7km
Road Conditions: Freezing Rain & Snow
Temperature: -6 Degrees Celcius

STORY:
     When leaving Living with Lakes Centre today around 3:15pm I was delighted to notice that the temperature had dropped several degrees, and the rain I had biked in to get there had now froze. I jumped on my bike and started on my way. As RIPPED toward the road, I went to grab my brakes to slow down and THEY WERE FROZEN. Heading straight toward oncoming traffic, I threw down the good’ole back up foot brakes and came to a stop. COOL. I gave my brakes a couple of squeezes and luckily the back brakes gave in, but the front brakes are out of commission. I continued on my way and started up a big hill. TIME TO DROP THE GEAR BECAUSE MY LEGS ARE BURNING OH WAIT I CAN’T. Turns out, my gears are frozen too, but it’s not too bad because I left it on 5 which is like half hard, instead of like 7 which is the hardest. But then I approached the PARIS HILL. DEAR LORD. I had to stand up the entire way and my legs were about to fall off but I made it. Once I got home, I brought my bike into the house to de-freeze.




1. Rain on the way there + 2. Snow on the way back = 3. Frozen gears & breaks
CYCLING OOTD:

1. Mittens, 2. Headband, 3. Neck Warmer, 4. Helmet, 5. Rain Jacket, 6. Bike Lock, 7. Bike Lights, 8. Backpack with rain cover.

LESSONS LEARNED/THOUGHTS:
     - Always check brakes and gears before starting to RIP
     - Get warmer/waterproof gloves (mittens got wet in the rain/cold)
     - Bring extra pants (pants got soaked on the way there)
     - Might need to leave bike in the house if it doesn’t function well when cold/frozen
PERKS:
     - CO2 avoided: 1.88 kg
     - Fuel Saved: 0.94L
     - Calories burned: 300
     - DIDN’T FALL
     - FRESH AIR
     - BLESSED
 - Cassidy
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