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    johnliu@earthlink.net jyl's Avatar
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    Which Bike For Tomorrow's Snow Commute?

    It is snowing in Portland. Tomorrow I can ride one of these bikes. Which should I take?

    - My usual commute bike. '80s steel racer (Peugeot PSV) with 700C 25mm Paselas. Fenders, lights. I ride it daily in all weather and have ridden it in light snow before. Tall skinny ride, dropbars, clipless.

    - My former commute bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Bridgestone MB-0) with 26" Armadillos (not knobbies). Fenders, lights. I used to ride it is all weather but have not ridden it in snow yet. Wider tires and plenty of standover. Suspension fork, clipless.

    - My cargo bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Bridgestone MB-5) with Xtracycle extension and Northroad bars, 26" city tires. Fenders, lights. Usually reserved for grocery shopping. I was thinking the long wheelbase might be more forgiving, also lots of standover. Toe clips.

    - Spare mountain bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Specialized Rockhopper, rebadged as LL Bean) with 26" knobbies. No fenders, lights. Lots of standover. Toe clips.

    Which would you take?
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    If it's going to be wet snow, then high pressure tires might be good. If powdery skiing type of snow, then low pressure. Brakes that work in the rain might also be good in the snow.

    you may prefer a bike with no foot retention so you can put your foot down quickly.

    also, figure which bike has the lowest center of gravity. That could help.

    no bike is ideal in the snow, because no bike can make it easy.

    Have fun! And let us know how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyl View Post
    It is snowing in Portland. Tomorrow I can ride one of these bikes. Which should I take?

    - My usual commute bike. '80s steel racer (Peugeot PSV) with 700C 25mm Paselas. Fenders, lights. I ride it daily in all weather and have ridden it in light snow before. Tall skinny ride, dropbars, clipless.

    - My former commute bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Bridgestone MB-0) with 26" Armadillos (not knobbies). Fenders, lights. I used to ride it is all weather but have not ridden it in snow yet. Wider tires and plenty of standover. Suspension fork, clipless.

    - My cargo bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Bridgestone MB-5) with Xtracycle extension and Northroad bars, 26" city tires. Fenders, lights. Usually reserved for grocery shopping. I was thinking the long wheelbase might be more forgiving, also lots of standover. Toe clips.

    - Spare mountain bike. '90s steel mountain bike (Specialized Rockhopper, rebadged as LL Bean) with 26" knobbies. No fenders, lights. Lots of standover. Toe clips.

    Which would you take?
    I rode back from work today around 6pm on my 26" rigid MTB (front knobby, rear semi-slick) and had an easy time navigating through the ruts/snow going north on Williams, so I'd recommend the MTB but I'm not sure if suspension hurts or helps on snow.

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    My opinion is to rock the Rockhopper. I'd Run the tire pressure lower than normal, for me I find that if I run the rear tire at about 35psi (maybe even lower) and the front about 20-25psi it makes a HUGE difference for traction and safety in the snow and ice compared to the normal 45-65psi for mountain tires (your pressure may vary depending on you and your bikes weight). Also maybe take those toe clips off before leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turky lurkey View Post
    My opinion is to rock the Rockhopper. I'd Run the tire pressure lower than normal, for me I find that if I run the rear tire at about 35psi (maybe even lower) and the front about 20-25psi it makes a HUGE difference for traction and safety in the snow and ice compared to the normal 45-65psi for mountain tires (your pressure may vary depending on you and your bikes weight). Also maybe take those toe clips off before leaving.
    +1! I'd ride the Rockhopper and do what turky lurkey says with the tire pressure.

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    My old Stumpie is ready to ride took it out of the basement.

    Nokian studded tires, All weather sports [AK] Snow-Cat Rims, on Drum brake hubs..

    sort of a normal pre compact drivetrain type Mountain bike drivetrain

    Moving in-to town more .. considering a simpler 3 speed IGH/Drum rear hub ..

    but just getting it out and riding it is a simple task ..

    none of the 4 bikes now in the Mudroom have anything but platform pedals

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