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Old 03-19-17, 03:21 AM   #1
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FELT F1 and commuting NYC

Jus picked up a new felt F1 with dura ace and SLR rims with grand priz tires. Bike is all carbon light as a feather. We've been having bad weather in NYC, which makes me think if I should of stayed with my cannondale caadx ... I feel that I have to wait until the weather is nice enough to ride... now thinking if I got too fancy of a bike for as a commuter.
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When you get 15 inches of snow it doesn't matter what bike you have. It just isn't going to work.
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builds character, but you NYC guys already have character :/

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Well, yes, a heavier bike can be less unpleasant than a super light one when there is slush etc. on the ground. Fenders help, too. But if you can increase your tolerance for discomfort, the number of days the weather keeps you off the bike won't make much difference whether you have a light or heavy bike. Consider getting a "beater" bike for the bad days. Spend as little as possible on it. You'll be surprised at how much you ride it and enjoy it.
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Used to commute on my full carbon Ultegra equipped Scott CR1 Pro, even in winter time.
But I swap with my fender equipped folder on days that snow is melting.


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interesting vid & pic. showing the variety you face, including some crazy busy spots but also easier stretches w less traffic. kudos for doing it
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Jus picked up a new felt F1 with dura ace and SLR rims with grand priz tires. Bike is all carbon light as a feather. We've been having bad weather in NYC, which makes me think if I should of stayed with my cannondale caadx ... I feel that I have to wait until the weather is nice enough to ride... now thinking if I got too fancy of a bike for as a commuter.
FYA, a couple of months ago I posted:
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…After 40 years of cycle commuting on a year-round minimal one-way 14 mile route, I have this year finally assembled IMO, the perfect bicycle fleet:
  • One nearly year-round dry,clean-road bike (carbon fiber road bike,except for deep winter with lingering salt)
  • One year-round wet, dirty-road bike (aluminum road bike, just recently acquired)
  • One winter bike for anything (steel mountain bike with Marathon Winter studded tires always on, for the least possibility of ice…)
The first two bikes are smooth, easy riding, and easy to carry upstairs; the third is a heavy and significantly tougher ride…I'm very happy with my Specialized S-Works for dry weather riding but my Cannondale Mountain bike was pretty heavy and cumbersome as a Wet/Winter beater.

So I recently bought the Specialized Diverge Elite aluminum bike as a wet weather beater, and it rides nearly as nicely as the S-Works.The ride and shifting of the Diverge is as smooth as the S-Works, but the feeli s more ”solid,” with 30 C tires. I think this is a great all-purpose bike…

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The only [studded] tire I know of in 30 c that might be better is the Schwalbe WINTER HS 396. It's a cheaper cousin of the Schwalbe Marathon Winter wth only 2 rows of studs instead of 4, but comes in 30c:https: //www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/road_tires/winter...[
So now, the Cannondale will be reserved completely for only miserable studded-tire riding, maybe about 3 to 4 weeks during the winter and my riding needs are completely met. I liken my three bikes to a Lamborghini, a Lexus, and a Humvee.

PS: I haven't (needed) to ride the Mountain Bike all winter.
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Well,yes, a heavier bike can be less unpleasant than a super light one when there is slush etc. on the ground. Fenders help, too. But if you can increase your tolerance for discomfort, the number of days the weather keeps you off the bike won't make much difference whether you have a light or heavy bike. Consider getting a "beater" bike for the bad days. Spend as little as possible on it. You'll be surprised at how much you ride it and enjoy it.
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...I have extracted this slogan from a post by @scoatw of Ohio about winter riding, "Gear and gumption."

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interesting vid & pic. showing the variety you face, including some crazy busy spots but also easier stretches w less traffic. kudos for doing it
When I got into bike commuting about 9 years ago, I only had one bike.
I used for long club rides, 100 mile charity rides as well as commuting.
Slapped some fenders on it and it did everything I needed a bike to do.


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fun. nice to see my old stomping grounds. lived nearby & worked in the city but never rode my bike further south than the zoo
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