Here I am riding the Tom Taylor Trail (check out the bare pavement):
I have a few observations from my winter ride:
1. I was quite warm, though my fingers and toes started to get uncomfortable toward the end. I could have used warmer boots and gloves (mitts) to help with this.
2. My mountain bike took more effort than I expected, particularly up the hills, for several reasons:
- slower bike than I'm used to (thicker tires, no clip-in shoes)
- terrain is a little rough in the winter
- things don't lubricate as well in the cold (e.g. my bike wouldn't shift to low gear for an unknown reason)
3. Newmarket has awesome winter trail maintenance; Aurora does not
4. It was a fun way to start the day and I'd definitely like to do it more often.
5. Most people I talk to think it's crazy to bike in winter. It's certainly not considered normal in the 905.
I find it interesting to see which cities have high participation in winter bike to work day. It's an indicator that they have normalized winter cycling.
# of Participants in 2015 Winter Bike to Work Day
York Region - 3 (including me)
Mississauga - 2
Brampton - 2
Hamilton - 13
Toronto - 44
Peterborough - 44
Thunder Bay - 21
Ottawa - 115
Montreal - 292
Winnipeg - 179
Saskatoon - 38
Edmonton - 219
Calgary - 292
Ankorage - 194
Minneapolis - 275
Halifax - 62
2015 Winter Bike to Work Day made headlines in some Canadian cities: Edmonton | Halifax | Winnipeg
I'm hoping that it will catch on here in York Region too.