It had been 11 days (ELEVEN DAYS!) since I had ridden my bike. Snow, ice, frosty fog, freezing rain each and all kept me ride-less. Yesterday (Friday) was the day ๐Ÿค—.

I got a few Christmas decorations. Snow is all but gone, helped by the cold rain we have been having. And now morning frosty fog after freezing night temps will once again have me looking for a safe window for my riding.

I got only a few photos as the ride, as sweet as it was, was short and cold. Not cold like Greg rides in, but cold by my standards at 36 degrees ;โ€™-0.

You will note the pogies that were on their maiden voyage this day. They work โ€” keep my hands warm with thin gloves that either pull back for fingers, or gloves that have those finger tips that allow touch work. Since I was only a bit intimidated by the pogies, thinking they might hinder my use of the gearing, I stayed on flat road and shortened my miles for the first test. Little by little I became able to guide my fingers to the right place to shift gears. Next I will try adding some climbs with the goal of becoming comfortable with the โ€otherโ€ hand shifting gears ๐Ÿ˜‰.

I think these pogies would especially work well for Greg. You can easily remove your hands from them and replace hands into them. I know it gets a lot colder where Greg rides, but with the correct glove under the pogies โ€” I think they would help alot.


  1. By: Suzanne Posted: December 10, 2022

    So glad you were able to get out for a ride! and great that the pogies were a success. Once I did order pogies but they didn’t seem to fit on my handlebars correctly and I returnedd them. I had the mirror problem, too, which I have already mentioned. Maybe I should try a helmet mirror and see if I can get the right pogies. Dealing with winter is a never ending process it seems. At the moment we have lots of snow so I’m out on foot and next week the temperature will be down in the 20’sF. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿปโ€โ„๏ธโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 10, 2022

      I wish I could have you try mine Suzanne. They do take some adapting to and experimenting with as to using your fingers within the pogie. I have become good at โ€˜feelingโ€™ with my finger for the up and down gear change and then can tell when the gear has been shifted. If you do decide to try them again, be sure to look for those made especially for flat handlebars. I cannot guarantee that they will work for everyone, but for those they will, I think a game changer.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 10, 2022

      ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ thanks.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 10, 2022

    Sounds like the pogies are going to work out for you.
    I hadnt heard of them, but looked them up and understand now how they work.
    Nice Xmas photos!
    The candy canes are something I completely overlooked for the list.
    Great you are able to get back to some cycling!

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 10, 2022

      The pogies have a very good chance of working well for me. Todayโ€™s consistent, non-stop cold rain will keep me off my bike, so I will look at the next trial in a day or two.

      Candy canes just sort of jumped out at me ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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