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Your Town Weston: Winter Cycling

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Getting around in wintertime can by tricky, but in Your Town Weston, more and more people are choosing to ride their bikes, even in the snow and cold.

"If the temperatures are above zero, I'm usually biking to work on a daily basis," said Nowaczyk.

It sounds ridiculous...

"I go where I need to go by bike."

But for John Nowaczyk, cycling everywhere is a way of life.

"I don't have to wait for my car to warm up," he said, "it actually takes me longer to put my gear on than it does to get there I'm going."

Since keeping warm in subzero temperatures is a top priority, John pulls out all the stops, and gear, to make sure his ride to work is comfortable.

"Wool. My shirt is smart wool," he explained, "its a little more expensive, its worth it. Wool is the only natural fiber that keeps you warm while you are wet."

And it doesn't stop there. Different gloves, fleece lined boots, and, of course, protection for his face are all vital. But John knows his limits.

"If it just snowed," he said, "and there's snow on the ground, I'll opt for different transportation."

Sometimes, on the really cold days, it is just mind over matter.

"I have had days where I'm fully geared up, stand there, staring at my bike, and I've gone back in the house, changed and driven to work."

It may not be long before you see more bikes on the road, even in the winter.

"The culture here is about to explode, we're going to see more people riding, we're going to see better interaction with cars and bikes."

So, if you see a cyclist out this winter, don't call them crazy...

"Give it a try," said John, "you never know. Take a nice 25-30 degree winter day when its sunny and dress up and go for a ride. You might be surprised, its not as bad as you think."


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