Winter Cycling - Riding road bike during winter
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09-04-03, 07:37 AM
I live in TX, so snow isn't usually a concern and temperatures don't often get below freezing except for Jan & Feb. What concerns should I be aware of if I try to use my roadie this winter? At what temps should I be concerned about adverse affects to the bike?
09-04-03, 09:09 AM
How wet does it get in a TX winter? Fenders will keep any road much off you and the bike. The temp is not a concern for the bike.
09-04-03, 11:33 AM
Not too wet, but I wouldn't really ride on rainy/wet days anyway since the chill cuts to the bone :) On the other hand, if it rains every other day for a few weeks, I might not have an option. So muck is the big killer, not temp, eh? OK. I'll keep that in mind.
09-04-03, 09:45 PM
Living in the Boston area I know what to expect while winter riding. If the temp does reach freezing, your big enemy on the road is "black ice". You know, the ice you can't see. Other than that just make sure you're wearing the right gear. No matter what the temp is, wind chill is always a factor.
Winter circumstances require a strict post-ride cleaning routine. Especially if your local authorities use sand and salt to de-frost the roads. Also, to state the obvious, make sure to enhance your visibility.
09-05-03, 04:18 AM
Most experienced rodies who ride all winter would use a training bike rather than their fancy race-day machine. Typically this would be an old steel or Al frame with clearance for 28mm tyres+ fenders, equipped with old/cheap components, but you can transfer your saddle and pedals for consistancy between your bikes. Winter gearing is often a bit lower than summer, since winter training is about geting in low slow distance.
There are plenty of good windproof winter clothes around, but dont make the mistake of wearing waterproof "breathables" when its dry. Footwear is probably the hardest choice, those mesh sided summer shoes just wont cut it.
09-07-03, 07:30 PM
I just wear heavier socks. You may need a pair of shoes that are .5 size larger than your usual, or even a whole size, depending on how heavy your socks are.
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