Now that there is snow on the ground most Mountain bikers can’t get out and ride much. We look at videos, we start planning next summer biking trip or we start thinking about upgrading/buying new parts and or in some cases a new bike. Well in my case, I did not want to stop riding. The problem is I live in Calgary where the winters can get cold… very, very cold. I had to walk to work about 12 year ago in minus 36 Celsius and that’s without taking into account the wind chill factor. The cold months, December, January and February can see days where it will drop below minus 20 Celsius and stay there for a few days. So what to do? Commuting to work for me means 23 kilometers each way and during the cold months that also means riding in the dark morning and night. I did it last year when the weather was ok and I found that when it got below minus 15 Celsius, I would start to freeze after 45 minutes on the bike and it made it rather unpleasant, especially when my toes and finger would begin to thaw when I would start work. I am lucky to have great facilities with indoor parking for bikes with showers and lockers right next to it but I needed something more to motivate me to commute full time and really keep on riding all year long.