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Poll: Your favourite winter accessory

With winter well and truly here, all the talk at MCN HQ recently has been on the winter commute, and how to make it a little more bearable. There's every accessory going being used, from heated clothing to winter bikes, right up to Chad fitting handlebar muffs on his GSX-R (briefly)! What's the secret to your winter riding? Is it a mucky...

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

If you're not voting muffs, it's because you haven't tried them

Yes, they look daft, but your hands will still be warm enough to throw two fingers up at any haters.

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deaks25

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deaks25 says:

Car = Wishful Thinking

Thanks to ridiculous insurance costs, I don't have the option of a car. Bike or public transport, or being stuck at home, are the only options, making me a fully paid up member of the Winter Hi-Viz Brigade.

I'm no fan of muffs as the idea of not being able to simply let go if I have an off is a bit disconcerting. I make do with a set of heated grips & fit a set of cheap hand guards when the weather starts to turn, fitted them in early October this year. I admit, they probably are a lot warmer than my set-up, but I feel comfortable with what I have.

And just to prove you don't need much to tackle winter effectively, I rock around on my beloved Varadero 125. A set of decent semi off-road tyres & it goes anywhere it likes. Tackling it's third winter of commuting, still yet to be ultimately defeated. A bike can do snow if it's the right bike, mine only just gets away with it, but I have managed it without any mishaps (Although never, ever again!).

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preunit

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preunit says:

Your favourite winter accessory

A nice hot bowl of porridge in the morning.

Fish 'n chips tucked inside my jacket on the way home (tip....place the F'n'C's in a placcie bag before zipping up the jkt, otherwise you'll end up smelling like a fookin' chip shop)

 

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Ridefree

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Ridefree says:

Kidney belt

A padded kidney belt. Can't remember if it was ALDI or LIDL. About £6 10 years ago. Still in perfect condition.

Don't know how or why, but i'ts worth 5 or 6 degC

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snev

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snev says:

Tried Muffs once, Rather get Frost bite TBPFH.

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CobbZ

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CobbZ says:

Heated gloves

I got some Gerbing G3 heated gloves on eBay for £100 and they are amazing. Fortunately, I've since bought a car, so I don't really need to use them! But i'll be keeping them for the dry but cold days - it just isn't worth commuting in the rain anymore! 3 winters of snow, ice and rain - i've had enough! lol.

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verguson

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verguson says:

Best Winter Gear Ever!

Balaclavas are problematic as I wear glasses and the "windows" are steamy enough as it is. Instead I have the best winter gear ever... a small beanie/skull cap that I bought in a cycling shop. It's made to go under cycling helmets and is perfect for the bike. Highly recommended for all year rounders!!

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bird1050

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bird1050 says:

heated grips

Best ever no more numb fingers trying to break or use the clutch. nothing worse

Also my gotex jacket, trousers and boots warm as toast.

No need for heated under siuts.

and for my helmet a fog city insert double glazing for your lid, no more steamed up glasses or visor

job done

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

@ jimbo8098

You must not ride that far if you think heated clothes are not necessary. 12+ hours on the bike at 50 to 80 mph speeds in freezing temperatures without a heated vest is a bit much, unless you are Inuit.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

For Snow...

My Yamaha TW200 works quite well on snow covered roads, even without tire studs. The low power, light weight, trail bike geometry and riding position, along with the stock fat knobby tires all work in one’s favor.

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