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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-24-08, 12:10 AM   #1
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Anyone here ride in the snow?

I really try to avoid riding when its snowing but I still take my bike out if there's snow on the ground and its clear.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:18 AM   #2
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I have two fixed gear bikes: one for nice weather and one for ice and snow.

The ice and snow bike has mega-studded tires.

However, before going to mega-studded tires about three years ago, I put the highest traction tire I could find, in terms of rubber compound and NOT tread pattern, on the front.

Currently, on my nice weather bike, I ride with a Conti 4 Seasons in front, and this feel pretty good on the occasional patch of ice.

Anyway, since I switched to fixed gear on the ice, I feel orders of magnitude more safe and secure.

I gear down in winter so I don't have to use my brake, nor skid.

At 60 gear inches, I can still cruise at 15mph, but I have total control over the bike without resorting to a brake.

Using a front brake on ice will bring the rider down, hard.

I run a front brake in winter, anyway, as a backup should I throw a chain, but otherwise, I never use it.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:28 AM   #3
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hells yea i ride in the snow. regular 23c cut through that snow like butta! i just take turns a little more carefully and such.
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Old 01-24-08, 08:23 AM   #4
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Fresh snow a couple of inches deep is no problem. Packed snow works pretty well, but requires a little more care. Your hair starts to stand on end when it partially melts and freezes again to make ice. There seems to be no rhyme or reason why snow melts in some places, but stays in others when exposure to sunlight is the same in both places, but that is what I am seeing.
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Old 01-24-08, 08:46 AM   #5
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love snow
hate salt ride anyways
damn rust belt
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Old 01-24-08, 10:32 AM   #6
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i ride in the snow (i ride everywhere). when its salty outside I ride a Franken bike with a boat anchor of a cromo frame, mismatched components. on a 3 speed hub. 23c tires do the best job IMO until the snow gets very deep. i live in the city so it does not get that icy. Oh and full fenders are a Must
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I fear no snow.


Many buds are out riding their track bikes through the winter here as well.
I love my knobbies the whole winter through though.
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Old 01-24-08, 10:37 AM   #8
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i do. it's not bad if there is just snow on the ground but riding when it is actively snowing is no fun.
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Old 01-24-08, 11:25 AM   #9
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Fixed gear bikes are the ultimate snow riding weapons.

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Old 01-24-08, 12:13 PM   #10
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i have regular 700c x 23 tires and i ride in the snow when i need to. Id rather ride in the snow than on the ice.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:20 PM   #11
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Kinda fun riding around on half an inch of packed snow on the streets with 23c. Just kind of cut through it. Sometimes it'll get sketchy and you just have to watch your front wheel get pushed around a little bit when the density of the pack isn't even. Just keep your weight over it and go along for the ride. Don't try to turn fast, don't panic, and keep your straps loose enough to bail easily.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:23 PM   #12
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Of course:



(And why wouldn't I, on this bike?)VV

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Old 01-24-08, 12:34 PM   #13
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I love riding in the city during the height of snowstorms (it gets really eerie quiet)... somehow I doubt I'll have the opportunity to ride in the snow this winter.
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i love riding through the snow. it's great.
skidding down a snow-covered hill is the best thing ever. i like to spin my rear wheel in reverse when i go down slush/snow covered hills on my way to class.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:47 PM   #15
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Oh man, did you pick that artic up on ebay a few months back? I wanted that sooo bad (or one very similar.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:49 PM   #16
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i like to spin my rear wheel in reverse when i go down slush/snow covered hills on my way to class.
YES. I remember trying to do this in the rain last summer and mostly failing, then remembering about it last week and pulling off two revolutions on flat ground. It felt awesome.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:57 PM   #17
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SS rider here.... those reverse revolutions on a fixie must feel wicked!!!
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Up here in the Great White North it usually remains cold enough that the snow gets packed onto road surfaces to the point it's almost like white asphalt.

I'll ride the Cross-Check on roads or packed trails, the fixed 1x1 works well in loose stuff.

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I love riding my bike in the snow, but I try not to ride during snow storms. I have found that careless college kids driving in snow storms are a very large danger to my safety, regardless of how many blinkies I use.
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Old 01-24-08, 02:11 PM   #20
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I love riding in the city during the height of snowstorms (it gets really eerie quiet)...
I love this too. Riding anywhere when its at the height of a snowstorm is super quiet. Less people out plus there is insulation pouring from the sky and piling up on the ground which makes it nice and quiet.
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wiping out and making snow angels in the middle of the empty street
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I roll in whatever the day brings, it's not been bad enough for me to opt out of riding other than when I've been sick/recovering from sick. I just try and stay more upright and take it easy in cornering. I'm running a 25 on the front and a 28 on the back, I seem to get by just fine cutting through - it's when the hardpacked/refrozen snowy/ice starts that I start to get more concerned. I took my temp. conversion out in the snow the other night just on my street - lots of fun on platforms with backwards pedalling and such There are skidmarks a plenty in the snow on my driveway right now, being a kid again rules
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Yes, I've ridden to the train virtually every day since August, including sub-zero wind chills and snow storms but obviously this isn't a fixie. My fixie's tires have no tread, so when the snow flies (or rather, when it accumulates), I pull out my '85 Miyata:

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Of course.
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I ride in the snow. And today I came back from uni covered with snow - I resembled a snowman on a (i)cycle.
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