This newsletter was originally sent on Dec 12, 2008.
2008 Bike Winter
Wednesday 12/17 - Winter Bike to Work Day – Fort Collins
is bikeable all year round. Get your
workplace involved too by simply e-mailing DK
Breakfast stations will serve bicyclists free breakfast from 7:00am-9:00am
1) New Belgium Brewing Company (500 Linden)
2) Oak St. Plaza - Hosted by FC Bikes and Parent Magazine
3) REI - (4025 S. College Ave.) Hosted by Bike Fort Collins and REI
4) Cafe Vino - (1200 S. College at Edwards St.)
5) Center Ave. at Research Ave. - Hosted by Public Service Credit Union
6) Fort Collins Market Place - at Albertsons (College at Horsetooth)
7) Fort Collins Brewing Company (1900 E. Lincoln)
Report Bike Hazards and Adopt-a-Bikeway – Help
keep our City’s bike lanes and trails clear of snow, ice, and debris this
winter by reporting bike hazards
or call 221-6614.
Bicycle Snow Removal
Routes – The Streets Dept. has created a bike route snow removal map for
bicyclists. Plan your snow day route
Ten Important Winter Cycling Tips:
- Be careful of low angle sun during winter as cars may not be able to see you.
- Wear bright, visible clothing and obey all road rules. Ride defensively at all times and do not assume that vehicles see you.
- When riding at night, ride with front and rear lights.
wear your helmet. You may need to change the sizing pads in your helmet
or remove them entirely to fit your winter headgear. Some hats are made
specifically to fit under helmets. Try taping over the vents in your
helmet if your head gets too cold.
- Take extreme caution of slick
train tracks during wet, winter weather. Slow your speed and cross at a
90 degree angle (straight across).
- Wide tires with widely
separated knobs work best on snow. Studded tires improve traction on
ice. Use low pressure: start with 15-20 psi and experiment for
- Try to pedal smoothly and
relax your upper body, especially on ice and soft snow. When the bike
starts going sideways, make small corrections rather than over steering
and weaving down the road.
- Cycling generates a lot of
heat so clothes that are warm and comfortable have to control the
buildup of heat and moisture as well as insulate and protect from wind.
- If you're riding in a headwind or falling snow you'll find eye protection very helpful.
your bicycle indoors to protect it from the elements. Plus, you'll find
that a warm saddle is more enjoyable to ride in the morning.
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