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    Lousy Smarch weather, and the curse of only one foul-weather bike.

    it's that time of year again: when to pull the studs off my foul-weather bike and slap the slicks back on? it's one of the greatest joys in all of cycling to get back on slicks after a winter of studded riding, but if i make the switch too early, i can easily get boned for several days by a late winter storm. the forecast after this thursday looks consistently above freezing and mostly pleasant for a decent amount of time.

    thursday night might be the time to roll the dice.

    i'd love to have a fendered cyclocross for this time of year when i don't want to pull the studs off of my hybrid too early, but my n+1 lust is careening head-on into my s-1 reality. son of a bi...
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    Sounds like you really only need a set of wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
    Sounds like you really only need a set of wheels.
    could do, i suppose, but it's an alfine IGH bike, so that would be a rather expensive 2nd set of wheels. also, switching from one alfine wheel to the other may necessitate readjustment of the shift cable every time i switch wheel sets, which could be annoying. a fendered disc-brake cylcocross would still be ideal.

    however, a 2nd wheelset might be the most amenable solution for my girl.

    "you see sweetie, it's not another bike, it's just a set of bike wheels. compromise!"

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    I'm ready for the studs to be gone, too, but I'm going to wait until April. Just in case.

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    we actually have the same issue with car tires. when to switch from the mandatory "winter" tires if there's snow on the ground to the "summer" tires which can be used at other times.

    in an accident without "winter" tires when snow on the ground ... automatically at fault (even if you're hit from behind at a red light) ... ugh
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    I have a winter bike, a summer bike and a sunny sunday ride bike. So I just switch bike depending on the weather. I even took the summer bike for 3 days in a row in mid-january because we were on dry pavement around here.
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    Yeah I have two wheelsets for my 26" MTB. One has studded tires mounted permanently. It's a 5 minute change plus a minor brake adjustment (and I did it this weekend - not expecting any more icy conditions here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    could do, i suppose, but it's an alfine IGH bike, so that would be a rather expensive 2nd set of wheels. also, switching from one alfine wheel to the other may necessitate readjustment of the shift cable every time i switch wheel sets, which could be annoying. a fendered disc-brake cylcocross would still be ideal.

    however, a 2nd wheelset might be the most amenable solution for my girl.

    "you see sweetie, it's not another bike, it's just a set of bike wheels. compromise!"

    Your on the right track with that. My commuter is a cross check with fenders. Currently on IGH with studded tires, but i have a single speed wheelset that I can throw on in 5 minutes. I just zip tie the end of the shifter cable to the chainstay and go SS with slicks. The horizontal drop outs and the right cog combination works with the same chain length. It's risky this time of the year especially in the mornings thanks to all the melting and overnight freezing but it's nice to have the options and the single speed drive train is pretty close to smarch proof.

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    How often do you change out the tires? Maybe once, twice in a season? Takes me less than 10 mins to change 2 tires, just sayin

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDX Reborn View Post
    How often do you change out the tires? Maybe once, twice in a season? Takes me less than 10 mins to change 2 tires, just sayin
    Changing the rubber isn't itself a problem. it's that we live in a place that can have winter until May sometimes. It can be 70F and dry this week (as it was last year) or 20F and snowing a foot as it was last week and both can happen in the span of a few days or hours. So the conditions can change daily and it's usually very messy. Having different wheelsets is a matter of convenience of being able to run the tires you want on the days you want and not messing up your other bikes.

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    I've been watching the weather too, and figure Thursday or Friday is going to be good enough to resume riding. But that can change pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    ...my n+1 lust is careening head-on into my s-1 reality. son of a bi...
    Totally. I'm a one-bike guy due to current financial constraints. So... gotta put up with the studs on my jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none hybrid for a few more weeks. (Current conditions: snowing and 31°.)

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    I only have one bike that I actually ride, although I own six others. I put the studs on in November, they stay on until mid April. It is a little harder for me to switch them out because of the e-assist on the front.
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    I myself I think I would stick with the studs for a while longer
    and then this summer NOT forget about this problem and either buy another bike or a set of wheels/tires
    myself I would go with another bike
    just tell your girl its cheaper than the $40.000 4x4 you were looking at

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    I have a winter IGH and a summer hardtail - both on tubeless - our winter issues are mostly mud. I have a quirky old full sus, really a cross country short travel - but I take it to mountain bike parks on one or two trips per summer. In the winter I switch it to studs and take it out one the one or two days we have bad enough ice to warrant it. If I didn't have the full sus then I would buy a really old beater from ebay (probably £20) and leave it set up with the ice tyres for a few rides per year.

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    It's amazing how cranky commuters can get this time of year! I missed only Monday as the storm that hit Chicago just grazed us.

    Still, we are supposed to be hitting 54F on Friday and I'm have to admit I'm ready for this snow business to be over.

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