Cold weather biking with kids

Baby, it’s cold out there!  Matthew and Gabriel biked to school/work the first two days of the week (coldest on-bike temps for G thus far), but we switched to the car when the bottom really dropped out on Wednesday and Thursday.  The bike ride to school takes between twenty and thirty minutes, and, even well-bundled, that’s a long time to sit still in the bitter cold.


Layers, from head to toe: Helmet (not pictured), thin-ish fleece hat, balaclava, sunglasses, scarf (also not pictured), long underwear (i.e., cotton pajama) base layer, sweatshirt, pants, coat, insulated mittens, insulated snow bibs, rain boots.

I took this picture a few weeks ago.  We since discovered that his snow boots from last year still fit, so we pulled those out for the really cold days.  And this week we finally talked him into swapping the sunglasses for ski goggles.

If you’re thinking, “It must take forever to get out the door in the morning,” you are completely right.

There are certainly mornings where I’m tempted to say “Screw it,” and take the car instead, but so far, we’re making this work (on the non-icy road days).


  1. Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says:

    I’m pretty impressed by you guys.

  2. bribikes says:

    You are one super-awesome mama!

    1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      To be fair, Matthew deserves all the credit for the biking this week!

      1. bribikes says:

        pretty sure you deserve some credit for suiting up the little guy 😉
        Just to warn you I might steal Gabriel’s hat, I love blue camo!

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