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Old 12-21-10, 01:29 PM   #26
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Adam, I've seen your bike, and it's totally a "beater". That is, it's not a pretty vintage bike, a color co-ordinated fixie, or a fast and flashy road bike. People with "winter beaters" are people that have pretty or precious bicycles that can't bear to be exposed to the the terrible extremes of winter. Your bike is a fat kid with Sorels, mittens, hat, and scarf; it doesn't care what season it is, it's going out to play.
Oh, if that's the definition of a beater, then I guess it is It takes the beating and keeps going
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Old 12-21-10, 02:54 PM   #27
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During the winter I primarily ride the bike with fenders. However I still take out my hardtail (without fenders) every now and then for a spin.
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Old 12-21-10, 04:05 PM   #28
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I live in socal so i can ride whatever whenever
+1, but I haven't been commuting in our downpour this week. (The fenders are my commuting beater are too pretty to ever get wet. )

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Old 12-21-10, 04:30 PM   #29
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I very nearly had to build up a winter bike which was slightly stressful as I've always had 'general' bikes. When winter came I simply affixed fenders- or, in the case of my secondary bike which has oddly outlived any other of my first bikes, simply hop on and go. If some fenders I was alerted to do not fit on my present commuter I'll have to build that winter bike.


If it comes to that I'll be turning my secondary bike, a Sears Lightweight 3-Speed from 1971 which was built in Australia, into a fixed gear and put on the fenders I had intended to place on my present commuter. The ones it came with won't fit a 700c wheelset. Off hand, anyone have success using an old single piece crank in a fixie conversion?

Here is a photo of the Sears parked in a tree because there was no other place!
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Old 12-21-10, 04:32 PM   #30
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There are those of us who are smart enough to move to a climate that's more suitable for human habitation.

I *almost* included that thought in my post... but then I would make my self appear like a dummy to stay in this g*d forsaken place (har har) I tip my hat to those hearty folks who have to worry about sunscreen more than wool socks. Towards the end, when I've shoveled 40 feet of snow away, I start to rethink my location.
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Old 12-21-10, 05:04 PM   #31
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About a month ago it starting icing up. After a pleasant slideout on black ice, I had to switch to the winter bike. Then we got a big dump of snow last week, and I've been bussing + walking since. Biking just seems like so much work this time of year.

Maybe tomorrow.
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+1, but I haven't been commuting in our downpour this week. (The fenders are my commuting beater are too pretty to ever get wet. )

I'm curious what bike that is in your photo.
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Tomorrow is the day I switch to my winter beater. Snow has officially hit here in Boston and that means bye bye my beautiful Redline and Hello Sirrus....

I really am considering building up another CX bike for commuting duties. Nashbar Frame is quite tempting.....
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Old 12-21-10, 05:47 PM   #34
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I don't like the idea of a "beater bike" especially in winter time. I use my good and expensive bikes all year round.Winter time is not the time of the year to be riding some old POS and risk getting stranded on the side of the road in freezing temps. Just not worth it.
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Old 12-21-10, 06:57 PM   #35
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I'm curious what bike that is in your photo.
It's a Globe Live3 from Specialized and I love it, love it, love it! (Too much to ride it in the rain at least for the first few years.)



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calamarichris, that is a gorgeous bicycle. But seriously, with the belt drive, the IGH, and full fenders, that thing is impervious to water! I don't understand why you won't ride it in the rain (or "winter", as you Californians call it ).

Also, ditch the frame size sticker on the seat tube, it's like walking around with the tag sticking out of the neck of your shirt. Some rubbing alcohol will take it right off.
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Old 12-21-10, 09:57 PM   #37
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It's a Globe Live3 from Specialized and I love it, love it, love it! (Too much to ride it in the rain at least for the first few years.)



I like the bike also nice Fing kitchen
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Old 12-22-10, 02:17 AM   #38
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I always tell people that winter is too long here to ride a crappy bike...

Today... she's 11 years old and has taken me 10's of thousands of km in every season but please don't call her a beater.



My apocalypse bike would be a beater if it was not for the hand built butted frame and wheels...



And if two winter bikes is good, 3 1/2 is better...



These bikes get used 12 months of the year although the Kuwahara was built up specifically to handle the worst mother nature can throw at us.
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Haha. All stickers have been removed and now I'm compelled to tell inquirers what kind of bike it is several times a week. I know it's impervious to water, but I can bring myself to sully those eggshell-white tires. Maybe in 2020 when we get this much rain again.
What's a "Fing" kitchen? Did you mean "effing"?
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What's a "Fing" kitchen? Did you mean "effing"?
I've heard it both ways ;-).
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Old 12-22-10, 11:02 PM   #41
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Got a beater this week for the snow.

This is my first stab at winter commuting. It was clear that the slush, grit and salt was going to destroy my daily rider so I got this old Phillips with an AW 3-speed hub. It's actually a blast to mush around in the snow with it, but the frame is too small for me.
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Old 12-23-10, 04:52 AM   #42
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my giant rincon mtb is my year rounder, not much changes for the winter. put on the studded tires few weeks ago. my road bike only gets used on dry days. I can run it in rain but the chain suffers more for the bike is vintage with original chain. they never stretched but has no anti-rust treatment.
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Old 12-23-10, 04:55 PM   #43
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I don't have a dedicated winter bike. My regular commuter bike is used all the time. Although during non-winter months, my road bike sees more action. But still, just like weekend when the sun shone and the road was dry, I took her out for a nice jaunt in the countryside.
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