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Old 12-05-06, 02:41 PM   #1
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Little question about winter biking .

Should i just keep my normal rocky mountain flow and ride it in the winter or i should build up a nother bike O.o just wondering what you guys think or if you guys ride the same bike winter/summer
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Should i just keep my normal rocky mountain flow and ride it in the winter or i should build up a nother bike O.o just wondering what you guys think or if you guys ride the same bike winter/summer
Your Rocky Mountain will be fine, But I always endorse the "Build a new bike" approach. It just good clean fun!
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Old 12-05-06, 02:46 PM   #3
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Should i just keep my normal rocky mountain flow and ride it in the winter or i should build up a nother bike O.o just wondering what you guys think or if you guys ride the same bike winter/summer
Define "winter" and "cold" as that will influence the answer. At a certain temperatures certain things become inefficient or improper to use. For example air suspension does not work as well. For another clipless pedals start affecting your feet as the cold goes through the cleat. Derailleurs can freeze up. You'll also need to look at different tires, etc.

I don't ride in the winter but know plenty who do. A couple of the guys from my mountain bike club are going to be entering the Jay Winter Challenge this year and have been following their threads on their research and their preparation.
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Old 12-05-06, 02:51 PM   #4
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Same bikes all year round.

Tires subject to change without notice.
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Old 12-05-06, 03:01 PM   #5
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I have a designated winter bike that I ride all through the winter. its a hardtail, but the front suspension does not really work under 32ºF. I have also ridden a rigid during winter. I like having a seperate winter bike casue winter riding requires a lot of maintainance and usually very hard on components. So, even if I am lazy about maintainance during winter its not going to ruin my main bike. Also, I hose down the bike several time during winter (almost every week), which is not good for the bike but I dont care anyway.....


There are a few things that I did with my winter bike:

1. knowbby tire with soft rubber, 2.3 or bigger tire in the front and 2.25 in the back....few of my buddies

2. the bike frame is a size smaller than my main bike. You can imagine that I have fallen down several times in icy trails...

3. visibility: I use two head lights upfront for visibility, cause my late aftenoon rides often end in the darknes.....sounds kind of funny....
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Old 12-05-06, 03:09 PM   #6
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Alright so if i decide too ride my rocky mountain , just more maintenance , and change my tires O.o what kind of maintenance usual or what ?
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regular maintainance of the drivetrain. just more often. and the snow/mud tend to stick to everything during winter. Also, you have to keep the cables adjusted pretty well, cause flactuation of the temperature goofs up the cable tension. Also, you have to wash up the cogs and chains oftena and use a thinner lubrication........you may also have to maintain the fork often, using a lizard skin guard may help.

generally my bike gets more dirty during winter........
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regular maintainance of the drivetrain. just more often. and the snow/mud tend to stick to everything during winter. Also, you have to keep the cables adjusted pretty well, cause flactuation of the temperature goofs up the cable tension. Also, you have to wash up the cogs and chains oftena and use a thinner lubrication........you may also have to maintain the fork often, using a lizard skin guard may help.

generally my bike gets more dirty during winter........

Sounds good thanks for the tips
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