hi Netriders - it's winter down under and it's cold! while we know it's not 'European-cold' it's cold enough for some of us. I went out yesterday thinking my summer gloves would be ok, I got that wrong also, how do you stop a runny nose, earplugs? how about some cold weather riding tips on gear or anything else? got any great gloves, jacket liners etc? I found this today but I'm sure there's many of you could contribute plenty: FIVE TOP WINTER TIPS 1. Invest in heated handlebar grips. Many manufacturers offer them as a factory option, but aftermarket accessories grips are also available. These not only keep your hands warm, they allow you to maintain full control of the bike, so they’re a great safety feature. 2. When rain is threatening, check for any chinks in your wet weather defences. Should your jacket’s sleeves go under or over your gauntlets? Similarly, are your trousers over your boots, and is your jacket done all the way up to the top? Remember, once you’re wet you’ll get cold, and you won’t be drying out anytime soon. 3. Struggling to get wet weather pants on over your boots? Keep a plastic shopping bag in your jacket pocket. Slip the bag over your boot, and those plastic pants will slide straight on every time. 4. Jacket and pants that zip together keep drafts around your waist to a minimum. 5. Get out of the breeze. You’ll cop the worst of wind chill on a naked bike, while a touring bike, with a large screen, will flip the icy blast around you. On long rides, the style of your bike should make a big difference to your pre-trip preparations.