Saturday, January 1, 2011

Meet the Cyclists: Winter Weather Tips

New Year's Eve, I spent part of my day accosting random cyclists to do the story "WinterBikes". The idea initially was to talk to folks who might be participating in the Capital Bikeshare's Winter Weather Warrior Contest. Problem: after hanging around Bikeshare stations, I came up with zero Capital Bikeshare riders. What to do? Change the focus---talk to cyclists who ride through the winter and see how they fend off the cold.

Meet the very nice cyclists who were open to being interviewed and photographed for my WTOP story. So from the "Wait! There's More!" file...interviews and photos of: Charles Homans, Kamilah Bennett and Joe Stratton. Many thanks to them for letting themselves be interrupted as they went about their days.

Kamilah Bennett, stylist, Urban Escape.

Charles Homans,  Associate Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

Joe Stratton, Naval Architect


  1. Awww, thanks! Great cyclists, actually. Not everyone will let you stop them as they're going about their business to get a comment and a photo. So nice of them. And nice of you to let me know you liked them.

  2. Those guys sound like they have it easy. My morning bike commutes have gone from 30 miles/day to 50 miles/day (Essex to Aberdeen--1.5 to 2.0 hours of riding) as of last November. Some of these winter days are done on studded tires. See:

  3. Wow, No-Racer..and is it uphill both ways? Kidding! I kid the serious commuter. Feel free to send a pic and I'll be happy to post it..and tell me what you find works for you as far as cold-weather gear. I can't say enough about wool socks myself, but that said, I still find that cold can nip at my fingers and my toes, so I'm always on the lookout for advice on that score. Also curious as to how long you've been at it, how you decided to take on that distance, and how the cars are treating you. I have travelled that stretch of 40 (in a car, on a way to a story) so I am impressed.