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    Show your Salty Roads bikes

    Last summer I built my Ersatz Gran Prix frankenbike (the black/green bike in attached photo) with the intent of having a machine that could be just a beater and suitable for winter riding - run hard and but to bed wet, salt, brine, mud and all. That would enable me to get in a lot more riding, on the messy winter roads around here, than I got in last winter. The trouble I ran into though was that I'd actually grown kinda of fond of the Ersatz and really did not want to get salt power on the frame and in the bearings and all over the place.

    So: a friend had given me a Sears Free Spirit that I was going to just clean up and get rid of somehow - something to do in the dark, cold months. Its one size smaller than I normally ride but I decided to overhaul it, mod it as needed and see if it would make a Salt Road bike. And it does, thanks. As you can see, I simplified it by trashing all the reflectors and the decals and cut out a few yards of white cable housing. I did not want to deal with stem shifters so I modified the lever set to mount on the downtube and adjusted the housing/cable length. I also found that who ever either designed or made the handlebars must have done so of a Friday as they were pretty short - so a chopped set of mtn bike bar ends took care of that. The bottom level pedals were bent a bit which drove me crazy so I got a nice set of Atom square cage pedals and Christophe 'mini toe clips'. Those and the Kashimax saddle are probably worth more than the whole rest of the bike. So what. It works just fine and and I'm riding this winter. At 38 lbs it sure should help keep me in shape.



    Show us your Salty Roads bikes - the ones that you're riding thru the muck without worry this winter.
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    Show your Salty Roads bikes



    My winter ride at dusk. '88 Cannondale ST400 (highly modified)!

    Another view.

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    Fortunately we don't have any road salt around here. But, my winter commuter is a cheap Titanium build. Yes, I can use cheap and Titanium in the same sentence

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    And, no, skinny tires aren't the best snow tires. But, that was from last year when I really had to hunt for snow.


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    My swiss army, do everything ol Stumpy

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    This gets 4 season duty.

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    Up here on the 45th it's a great way to advance leg strength in the offseason. Here is my lowly 2002 Trek 820st:

    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
    This gets 4 season duty.
    I know you get the same sorta salt/brine treatments I do and I would HAVE to clean that bike every day. Great machine, well sorted. Thanks for posting again.

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    My Jeunet was getting winter salt duty up until this year, when my Bike Friday cargo bike replaced it for winter duty:

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    Clean before salty. 83 ish Norco Bigfoot with studs on stand-by

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    Quote Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
    This gets 4 season duty.

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    So nice, yet so capable for anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
    My Jeunet was getting winter salt duty up until this year, when my Bike Friday cargo bike replaced it for winter duty:

    Anton,

    You need to get on that railing with some OA or Evaprorust! Talk about salt attack! Can you imagine what it would take to remove all that "patina?"

    Here's my other Salty Dog Winter Ride. It now sports a hodgepodge of fender coverage that I'm too embarrassed to photograph. The tires are so big with little clearance that I modified and trimmed orphan fenders from past projects. They get the job done while riding through Winter's 3 "S" Soup of slush, salt and sand. But pretty, they are not!

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    I have three different commuters that I modify for winter riding with different tires.

    I run my 1988 Stumpjumper Comp with continental winter contact tires. They're fine road tires that can handle some snow and ice:

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    My 1992 Bridgestone BB-1 gets a lot of use in the winter as it is my main commuter. I use schwalbe studded tires. They're pretty good road tires as well (not as good as the continentals though) that are studded. The lugs aren't deep so the bike is a better commuter than a path explorer when the snow gets deep:

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    My 1992 Trek 950 is my explorer. I run it with continental spike claw tires with 240 studs in the winter. Those are great, great tires. They are awful on the road because they have nice deep lugs and lots of studs; they are great on the paths when the snow starts to get deep because they have nice deep lugs and lots of studs:

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    Here is Snowmaggedon 1



    then there is Snowmaggedon 2


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    Salt, dirt, assorted messiness.





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    My HardRock with studded tires at the bike rack at work a couple of days ago. It's not fun to ride, and I treat it poorly, but fortunately I don't have to drag it out too often.


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    For me, in weather wimp coastal southern California, a salty road is one with ocean spray or tidal flooding. For inclement weather or poorly maintained or debris-strewn roads, nothing beats my mountain bike.

    I love that "so nice, yet so capable for anything" gray-with-white Rivendell! As an all-rounder, nothing beats a traditional road touring bike (or a modern interpretation of one).
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    Here's my wet bike. Some months it gets more miles than all the other roadies combined.
    No snow (well almost no snow) here near sea level.

    '81/82 Austro Daimler Olympian.
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    edit: I should go clean that drivetrain!
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