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    My northern winter fixed/general riding observations.

    After a bunch of winters riding a fixed wheel in the Northern MN winter, here are my observations:

    1. If someone tells you to ditch your front brake in the winter because "It makes you crash", they either don't live within riding distance of a hill or have never really ridden in the winter on a properly set up bike.

    2. Running slicks in the winter can be fun, but stopping and falling in traffic is not.

    3. Studded tires - try them at least once (if you live in a snowy/icy area) on a properly set up bike (i.e. front brake and decent gear ratio).

    4. So now that you tried #3 and have purchased studded tires, don't go bust out a 300' sparking skid down a dry road. It is bad your tires... but does look cool.

    5. You will go down eventually, wear a lid.

    6. It gets dark early, use proper lights.*

    7. Know/learn how to change/patch a tube in the cold. Getting a flat shouldn't be an issue, even in the winter.

    8. Play around with layering until you have it down to a science. Being cold sucks, but being cold and drenched in sweat is worse.

    9. Many types of hiking boots are plenty warm/waterproof and will fit in large clips/straps.

    10. Studded tires can be slick on dry pavement or brick, keep that in mind.

    11. Grease everything, including your nipples.

    12. Don't like my advice? Have better? Post it here.

    *Knog frogs are not lights
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    Yep, sums it up pretty well. Good post. +1 on Knog frogs not being lights. I have 3 front lights, and 2 rear lights (might add a third for a laugh), I get constantly surprised by people not using proper lights.

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    I always keep my nipples greased.


    Good writeup, thanks for that!
    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    Guide to staying warm:



    If you're going less than 5 miles, ride fast.

    If you're going more than 5 miles, ride slow.

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    I would add 13. use fenders. A lot of times it will snow and then the roads will be cleared and salted, so you'll be riding on wet/salty pavement which is obviously hell on components and your clothes if you don't have fenders. Though if it's icy enough that you need studded tires often, it probably isn't quite as true for you.

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    When i used to live in canada my winter bike had cages on it so i can slip out faster and i could bend my toes so i could catch my self when i slipped.

    I had a spiked tire in front and a slick rear.... joy

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    A few times when I've gone down in winter (riding 20mm slicks, below freezing out, clearish roads) the extra layers of clothing and slight iciness on the road meant the only thing that hurt was my ego. Wear a helmet for sure!

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    +1 for fenders.

    In addition to wearing a helmet, you should add nicely padded full finger gloves onto the list.

    Also...do not accelerate quickly on slick surface.

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    #y: slow down

    you fall when you go too fast for a condition you don't expect, hitting ice or hitting some ridge under the snow or the like.

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