For the Alexandria Spokeswomen’s second event in December, we had a discussion of safe and warm winter riding while enjoying a glass of wine and a selection of cheeses. Women and women-identified cyclists regardless of experience level and type of bike showed up and learned about the different fabrics, items to layer, and bike lights.
- Andrea shared that, statistically, most vehicle-bicycle collisions are actually “t-bones.” We often think of front and rear reflectors/lights but neglect the side view.
- Bibs may look funny, but they actually retain a lot of the body’s warmth.
- Some people don’t like the bright, dayglo colors of “hi vis” clothing, but a reflective vest is lightweight and easy to tuck into a pocket after you lock up.
- Cover everything! From under-helmet hats to shoe covers, there’s something to keep you warm.
- Anna really likes Gore fabric.
After the lively discussion we got the opportunity to shop the selection at Spokes Etc. after hours. Thanks to our generous host, Spokes Etc., and Anna Pecora for sharing her wisdom. Photos taken by Jen Hovis and Andrea Hamre.