Winter cycling gear 2: Keep pedaling through the winter with these items

Last week we talked about what to put on your body when you ride during the winter months. Now let's talk about what to put on your ride! A great way to get recommendations on gear is to talk to the folks at your Local Bike Shop (LBS), ask whether they have experience commuting through the winter, and if so, what sorts of things they like. Here are the pieces of gear my husband and I use to do our winter riding…


Use a two liter bottle to warm your feet this winter

Grab a two litre pop bottle, turn the tap on full hot and wait until it's steamy, carefully fill the bottle, cap it tight and wrap in a thin blanket. It's super-easy, cheap, and works wonders. If you keep the bottle under the covers with you at night it will still be warm in the morning.


Winter cycling gear part 1: Weather too nasty to bike? NO SUCH THING. Wear this.

While any sane human being might reasonably give up bicycling as the temperature dips below freezing and the snow flies, some of us live by the motto, "there is no weather too nasty for cycling; there is only insufficient clothing." While you can certainly get away with short trips by bicycle in almost any warm clothing, there are some things that I find particularly helpful…


7 creative ways to save energy costs, even in your rental!

With a little practice, I have been able to save around 20% on my energy usage each month. Imagine if your electric bill for your one-bedroom apartment is $100 in the winter, these few tricks will save $20 right away, which means an extra $240 in your yearly budget. You could do things like: treat yourself to a cheap dinner out, buy yourself that fancy new tablet, or just load up on the geeky swag of your choice! Here are some things you may not have thought of to help you use less in your rental…


How to throw a Solstice Party, Montaninavian style

My love of the Winter Solstice has nothing to do with the New Agey stuff and everything to do with the fact that I am a badass Montanan of Scandinavian heritage. And I have been getting my Yule on since 1995. Here is my guide for throwing a party for this kind of Solstice. I've grouped party ideas by age, but you can borrow from any category.