Cycling has been, and always will be, a great way to get from point A to point B. Commuting by bicycle is simple, efficient and downright fun! Sometimes in a climate such as our’s, it can be a little bit intimidating and when we head into the throes of Winter riding a bike can seem borderline insane! But never fear – we’ve scoured the land to bring you profiles of some of our favorite Commuters and Customers to get their take on how they get by in these darkest of days.
First up – Mr. Dennis Hanold! Dennis was one of our very first customers and he’s stuck with us ever since. We’re always impressed by his affability and general easy-going way, but when he suits up and takes on a Winter commute he means business! Bright, USB Rechargeable Lights from Serfas along with a pair of Waterproof Panniers from the Brothers Banjo and a Giro Surface S Winter Helmet with a pair of Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots providing protection and warmth on the coldest of days. We asked him a couple questions about his commute and habits to better your understanding of how to tackle the elements!
Omnium : How long have you been riding a bike?
Dennis : I learned to ride a bike from my older brother when I was about 9, which means 47 years more or less.
Omnium : What is your commute like and how long does it take you on average?
Dennis : My commute this year is a breeze, just 10 miles round trip.
Omnium : What is your favorite part of commuting to work?
Dennis : I leave a bit before 5:30 AM, so it’s pretty quiet. That is energizing all by itself. Throw in a bit of exercise and I drink coffee more as a warmer than a stimulant. When the birds return in the Spring, it is awesome.
Omnium : Favorite products that make commuting in the Winter easier, or maybe even downright enjoyable?
Dennis : My boots and helmet. A regular helmet has too much ventilation when the temperature drops below 40*. The insulated helmet makes skull cap optional (for me) at 30. The Lake Boots keep my toes delightfully warm.
Omnium : Finally, any Winter Riding tips for our Customers?
Dennis : Allow a little extra time and turn on the lights. Be a spectacle!
Thanks a ton, Dennis! It’s always fun when you stop on by. And if you’d like to meet Dennis, be sure to swing by at our Friday Night Beer Tasting that we’ll be putting on this December 19th at 7 PM. It’s gonna be a blast!