With winter in full swing, a fat bike is a great way to escape the house and get outside! But what should you wear when riding in the cold and snow?

The key is balancing warmth, movement and safety.

Winter Riding
I was way too hot in this outfit.

For your head
While a ski helmet can do a great job of keeping your head warm and safe, I find it’s a little too heavy for riding. Instead, my Lazer helmet with a Turtle Fur Shellaclavai keeps me warm but not hot.

To protect my eyes on overcast days, I wear a pair of lightly tinted safety glasses.

For your body
For a recent ride, where the temperature hovered around 17 degrees, I wore three light layers (turtleneck; wool cycling sweater and Brooks Women’s Nightlife Infiniti running jacket) and a fleece vest. On the bottom I wore a pair of bibbed ski pants.

A fleece vest works well to keep the core warm.

For your feet and hands
While there are specialized cycling boots, I found my Vasque Women’s Sundowner GTX Waterproof Backpacking Boots, which are warm, sturdy and waterproof are perfect for riding in most conditions.

Fat biking is giving new life to my old boots.

And while a pair of Pogies do look like they would keep my hands warm and toasty, so do my Scott Women Mittens, which I pulled out of our box of ski equipment. Because the Minnesota has thumb shifters, the mittens weren’t a problem.

Additional equipment
A bright light for the front and back of the bike is probably a good idea, especially if you are riding on streets where drivers probably aren’t expecting to see a bicycle. And a GoPro is a great way to capture your adventures!

If you are looking to fat bike in the snow, it turns out, if you live in New England, you probably have what you need!

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