Riding In Northern California
riding in northern California is quite common due to our mild climate.
We do have rain, wind and cold temperatures but we also have many
winter days that are sunny and mild. Temperatures in the 60's
with sunny skies occur frequently and allow you to go out to ride.
we've had some days this winter with high temperatures in the 40's,
that's pretty unusual. There have been some reports of riders
going down after hitting black ice, but that is very rare here.
Most riders don't even have fenders, which I hear are necessary
in the Pacific Northwest.
can ride here from late March through October in cycling shorts
and a short sleeve jersey (but you might need a jacket or vest early
in the morning).
is the key to proper winter riding apparel. An undershirt
that wicks away perspiration, long-sleeve jersey and vest or wind
breaker along with cycling tights are all that's necessary
on most rides. Gloves and wool socks or neoprene booties are
also a good idea to keep the extremities warm. Nothing worse
than cold hands or feet when you are a long way from home.
Don't forget your helmet, either.
a cold ride, it's important to drink plenty of water. Your
body needs the fluid to operate efficiently, even when it's not
dry while riding in the rain is impossible. If you ride on
a rainy day, you are going to get wet and probably stay wet throughout
the ride. A rain jacket will help some, but is usually only
going to keep the rain off of you while stopped. Riding in
the rain can be fun if you have the right mind-set. It can
be miserable if you are also cold. Fortunately, it warms-up
in northern California when it rains, so the cold is not a major
warm clothes to change into after the ride
the ride later in the day, it will be warmer
a stop during the ride for something warm to drink