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Ride Through Winter: Tips for Staying Warm on Cary's Greenway Trails While Cycling

James Tuliano
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As the winter months approach, it can be challenging to stay warm while cycling in Cary, NC. However, with a few adjustments to your cycling routine and the right gear, you can stay comfortable on your bike all winter long.

One way to stay warm while cycling in Cary is to ride through the Greenway trails. The Greenway trails are a network of paved paths that wind through the town, providing a safe and scenic route for cycling. The trails are well-maintained and provide a bit of shelter from the wind and cold, making them a great option for winter rides.

The White Oak Creek Greenway, which begins at Fred G. Bond Park and is about 7 miles, and ends at the American Tobacco Trail, is one of the best trails for biking in Cary. There is plenty of parking at Bond, and if you want to keep going, the American Tobacco Trail offers over 20 more miles of paved bike paths.

To stay warm on the trails, be sure to dress in layers. Start with a base layer of moisture-wicking fabric to help keep you dry and comfortable. Add a middle layer for insulation, such as a fleece or wool sweater, and finish with a wind-resistant outer layer to protect against the elements. Be sure to wear gloves, a hat, and warm socks as well to keep your extremities warm.

It's also a good idea to invest in some winter cycling gear, such as a pair of insulated cycling tights or a windproof cycling jacket. These items can make a big difference in your comfort level on the bike, especially in colder temperatures.

As a reminder, e-bikes are currently allowed on the Greenway trails until the end of the year. It's unclear at this time what the town is planning on doing going forward, so be sure to check the official website for updates. You can voice your opinion about having e-bikes on the Greenways by taking the survey here.

Overall, with the right preparation and gear, cycling in Cary during the winter can be a fun and enjoyable experience. So don't let the colder temperatures deter you from getting out on your bike – just be sure to stay warm and safe on the trails.

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James Tuliano is the owner of The Cary Report - a local news & media organization serving Cary, NC. Tuliano enjoys spending time outside in nature and engaging in the community.

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