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Old 05-17-17, 06:03 PM   #1
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New to cycling, what necessary measures and changes are to be made when in the snow? Different tires etc.
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Old 05-18-17, 05:57 AM   #2
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Winter riding covers a wide range dedication levels.
And huge differences in what "Winter" means to someone.
Studded tires are good on ice and hardpack. But they won't help as long as the snow is soft enough to let the tires leave an imprint. There, all tires with a decent tread will do OK.


For thin layers of snow, fairly narrow tires can work well, as they cut through to a firm, rideable surface below. Deep layers, eventually you'll need a Fat Bike to get "float" instead. Somewhere inbetween, traditional MTB widths - 2.0-2.3 - will work.


Some freewheels/freehubs can go stiff when it's cold, and will need to be cleaned, then relubed with something that remails soft/runny when cold to work well.


Depending on routing cables can freeze in their sheaths. Always park your bike in a rideable gear.
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Old 05-19-17, 08:18 AM   #3
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New to cycling, what necessary measures and changes are to be made when in the snow? Different tires etc.
Depending where you live, you might try riding on sand. Some aspects of riding on sand are similar to riding on snow and can orient your thinking.
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1st cpl inches are fun, 3-4" becomes interesting, when it's deeper than that, I prefer ice
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Clothes are very important layers of them. Face mask googles when really cold. I like the wool air hole brand. I've found theres two types of winter attire needed here in Michigan cold and and very cold. If you wear too thick in not so cold weather, you'll be sweating too much. You should be chilly when you leave because biking heats up the body quickly.

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