It gets cold in Iowa.
It gets cold everywhere. Which is why I think the beach cruiser is perfect for year round riding.
Only go winter riding under these conditions:
- It’s not snowing or sleeting.
- It’s not freezing or windy enough to dangerous to skin.
- It’s not icy or wet on the ground.
Riding a beach cruiser bike in the winter is fun. I have BMX tires on my bike, a street pattern.
I do not want to fall down.
I have glass ribs. I was born in ’72.
If I do it, I am doing my best to not get squished or fall off the ride.
You Can Get a Fat Tire Bike, but unless you are riding in snow a lot, I have a hard time justifying a fatty.
Do I need special tires to ride my beach cruiser in the winter?
No, just stay off ice, snow and wetness.
What gloves do you use for winter beach cruiser rides?
I wear five dollar fingerless mitt/glove combo from the hardware store.
What do you wear on your head while riding in the winter?
I wear a helmet with a full shell, all year round.
I don’t go out if my eyes and face will be too cold.
I have considered a Daft Punk Helmet while riding. Or a giant zip lock bag over my body.
Once you get hooked on riding, not being able to ride in the winter is a drag. So when it’s negative -15, one must ride the stationary bike. I found a suitable bike for about $300 that had iFit app with it.
You can follow along with rides all over the world with amazing riders. I took a ride through Santa’s Village with a guy on a fat tire bike. I have ridden on lakes in New Zealand, spanned the vast rock faces of Moab, danced over Colorado peaks on a bike, and raced up Mount Fuji.
iFit is exceptional, actually. It made getting through winter in Iowa much more sane. *
*not an ad.
February 28th, 2021
I loved this ride.
And these pictures.
They remind me of Seth Rogan’s “Purple Cow” book. A beach cruiser in the snow, in Iowa, in winter… So weird, but also rad.