The Hank Aaron State Trail has been clear of snow for a while now, so I am back to riding on it. It still has a lot more ice patches than the roads, but I ride slowly and have studded tires. The trail adds about two miles to my five mile ride to work. I prefer the longer ride for the exercise and the friends I meet on the trail.
Mr. Picasso is the Menomonee Valley’s only permanent equine resident. He takes walks along the trail every day with his friend Andy, who was kind enough to take the photograph above. Picasso grows a nice thick coat to keep him warm this time of year. I on the other hand have to shop at Value Village for my coats. Recently I thrifted this long London Fog Trench for $9. I had a couple other similar coats, but they were the shorter versions that only come down to my knees. For a measly $9 I decided to upgrade.
Trench coats are great winter commute jackets. Much like the waxed cotton dusters worn by people who prefer the original horse to the iron horse, long trench coats keep the tops of your legs dry when it snows. The combination of a long trench coat, long ski socks and wool pants keeps me very comfortable while riding in even very cold weather. It allows me to forgo the long-johns which, as I have mentioned in the past, are too warm to where all day in my office.
A trench coat will also keep your lower extremities warm, a typical winter waist coat allows a cold draft which can cause frost bite in places no man wants bitten. The trench coat is a stylish solution to this problem, but there is another way if just can’t get with cyclechic:
The Therma Jock (before you follow the link, be warned it is exactly what it sounds like).