This is common cycling terminology and what I think about anytime i don’t want to roll out of bed in the cold dark morning or if there is unexpected snow flurries, like yesterday. The snow made for a slow but enjoyable commute home. During the ride I saw the after math of a few car accidents and even witnessed two bike crashes, one being my own. Quick stops for cars + the city lead = front wheel washout.
A few words to the wise if your going to brave the elements this time of the year.
In snow/ice don’t change your acceleration rapidly, ie don’t increase your torque quickly and/or lock up your brakes.
In general learn to use your front brake. You should learn to stop using only your front brake, especially in poor weather conditions as your rear tire can easily skid and is rendered useless in quick stops.
As for dressing for the cold this is really something you will have to dial in on your own but the key is layers! For the weather this week I wore a base layer, like an under amour, then a jersey to put my phone, extra gloves, ect. in, then a breathable jacket. Some like to wear a semi-windproof jacket, but I tend to sweat way too much in them. The last thing you want when its cold is to be sweaty, especially if you get a mechanical (ie flat). Also make sure to cover your knees when its below 60-65F. This is due to the fact that there is not much skin on your knees and they get hit with the brunt of the wind. They will get cold very fast even if you cant feel them doing so and you want the blood to flow as easily as possible since they are in motion everything pedal revolution.
Your extremities will go numb first, I promise. I usually wear a pair of ski gloves and recently tried out a pair of lobster claw gloves that are more like mittens but have the index finger by itself. They do well at keeping your three fingers warm but you do loose a bit of dexterity. The key for your feet is to not wear too thick of socks that it make your shoe tight. This compression on your foot will constrict the blood flow making your feet colder sooner. This is tough when wearing cycling specific shoes since they are usually worn with thin socks. Some people switch to boots and take off their clipless pedals, others buy winter specific cycling shoes, or a set that is a half or full size too large to use thicker socks. I personally use my same shoes, duct tape a plastic bag around the front air vents, then put on cycling shoe covers. I know this is very basic and there is a great deal more to be said but if you do have any questions let me know, I might be able to help with my small amount of knowledge.
Key is to slow down a bit. Its cold, the conditions are less than favorable, but the ride is usually much more epic in these conditions. Take the time and enjoy the scenery.
The outfit & rig.
Also if your in the Philadelphia area and enjoy bikes, the annual Bilenky cyclocross race. I would definetly be competing in this if I had a cross bike… ie next bike on the agenda, once we sell a few of course.