Yesterday we introduced you to Greta Alquist, if you haven’t yet, go back and check out her profile. Today we continue our look at individual winter commuters with Bradley Hanson.
Name: Bradley Hanson
Bikes: Gary Fisher Presidio (CX), Bianchi San Jose (single), Masi Speciale 105 (road)
Winter Bike: 2006 Bianchi San Jose with Schwalbe Marathon studded tires
Local Bike Shop: Freewheel Bike.
Days you ride per year: 365
Best part of riding in winter: Exercise, endorphins, the beautiful sound of just tires and snow. It also allows me a much more intimate view of the city than I could ever get in my car, as well as the inspiration for photography. It’s a chance to stay active all year, and keep your legs ready for spring. Minneapolis has the best bike trail system I’ve seen, which also allows you to get in serious rides without having to deal with traffic.
Worst part of riding in winter: Cars and passive-aggressive drivers.
How far is your commute? 14 miles minimum.
Any tips for someone looking to get into winter riding? It’s WAY easier than you can imagine. Don’t over-dress! Your body makes a lot of heat biking. Talk to a good bike shop and make sure you get basic under layers, balaclava, helmet, goggles, Lake winter bike boots and good gloves.
Thanks Brad! Please take a minute to head over and check out his photography website, there are some amazing shots over there.