Written by Alchemy’s custom bike painter, Phil Harwood. I grew up in coastal New England, and am no stranger to riding a bike in some of the worst conditions imaginable. I’m a huge fan of the Spring Classics, but has the Peloton ever ridden in “thunder snow” during Paris Roubaix? I honestly have no idea, but having survived 5 winters as a bike messenger in Boston, I certainly have. Pedaling through the dreaded “wintry mix” of 33 degrees and pouring rain? Check. Having to carry my bike over my shoulder, running and slipping through downtown streets in a foot of snow to make a rush delivery? Yup. I learned quickly that to successfully ride in winter meant heading the advice of this oft-used quote: “There is no bad weather, only bad gear.” Investing in quality cold weather biking gear can make or break a ride. Here are 5 of my favorite pieces of winter biking gear that will help you stay warm and comfortable so you can have a great ride no matter the weather.