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Old 11-14-10, 04:05 PM   #1
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Vintage cross rides are over....

It was fun while it lasted but the roads are to icy and the dirt roads and trails are to deep.
My home brewed vintage cross bike worked pretty good and I got a good taste of cross riding. I am actually going to buy a newer cross bike next season and use this ride for camping and spring riding.
I would recommend to anyone that recycling an old commuter into a cross bike is well worth the trouble. And its cheap, so there is no risk that you can't sell it if you find getting muddy isn't your thing.




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Thats how its looking out in the Prairies huh? Hard to believe there is no snow here in the north just yet, the past weeks been quite warm even, wonder what this week will bring.
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Now what are you going to ride? Got some 2" tires?
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Thats how its looking out in the Prairies huh? Hard to believe there is no snow here in the north just yet, the past weeks been quite warm even, wonder what this week will bring.
I guess this week it will be -22. But Saskatchewan is the Siberia of North America.
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Now what are you going to ride? Got some 2" tires?
Its to icy to ride. Maybe a mountain bike would work better on the trails, but the crust on top makes it near impossible to ride.
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Ever tried studded tires on the ice? I haven't had the chance. We don't get much ice here, but I've read about it. I want to try it. When we get ice, it rarely stays for more than a day.
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Ever tried studded tires on the ice? I haven't had the chance. We don't get much ice here, but I've read about it. I want to try it. When we get ice, it rarely stays for more than a day.
I have but with the wind chill on a typical mid winter day thats -30 or colder so any type of distance or time is out of the question. But its fun going out for as much as you can stand. The real training is done indoors anyways.
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Studded tires are surprisingly good. I have a pair I'm planning to use on my commuter bike this winter if necessary; I had them on my Raleigh Twenty a couple winters ago, when I thought I would commute on that. It didn't work as a commuter bike, but I rode it around the golf course when there was a crust on the ice, and played with my kids when they were skating on a frozen pond. I'd tow them a bit, then once I got up to speed they'd push themselves ahead of me. Silly wintertime fun. The bike handled fine on the ice; I never slipped a bit.
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For me, it's studded tires pretty much as soon as the nights stay below freezing. The black ice around here is particularly dangerous first thing in the morning as the sun hits what froze the night before.

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