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Old 09-12-17, 06:01 PM   #1
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How do I modify a road bike for winter?

what types of tires?

Also face protection from wind?
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Old 09-12-17, 06:07 PM   #2
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Leave it outside a few nights a week so it can get acclimated to the cold.

Actually, I can't offer much because I have no idea what your winter is like. Obviously winter in southern California is very different from winter in North Dakota.

So either describe the conditions you need to adapt to, or at least add your place (general area) of residence to yur profile.
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Old 09-12-17, 06:29 PM   #3
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a description of the bike would be helpful as well
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Old 09-12-17, 06:34 PM   #4
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what types of tires?

Also face protection from wind?
So for face protection, although it's not extremely practical... (idk how cold it gets and what you are use to) but I might use a ski mask. Otherwise a headband around the mouth is always a cheap option. For tires, I think it depends on if you have ice or snow, if your city cleans it or not, and if you plan on riding on the street or not. Ideally mountain bike tires would be best for those conditions but otherwise, make sure it's not deep section wheels and the tires aren't worn down. Traction will be your best friend. Also you could consider adding mudguards if you are commuting and it gets muddy.
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Replace all the parts you can with Titanium.

Titanium Frame
Titanium Axles
Titanium Nuts and Bolts.

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Hang it up in the house in plain view, so you can admire it all winter.
Then buy a cyclocross/MTB

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Get a winter bike. N+1

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what types of tires?

Also face protection from wind?

+1) probably hang it in your house until spring , since nobody makes studded tires in 622-23..

a Cross bike may take 622 38, I have studded 559-50 Nokian studded tires, on my Winter ready old MTB.




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what types of tires?

Also face protection from wind?
Assuming you have ACTUAL winter...and it's not just a wee bit cold, seriously consider getting a dedicated winter bike if you have a nicer road bike, and your streets get salt. The bike WILL get trashed, unless you religiously clean it after every ride. Even then....it might get rusty.

If you're going to be out under 30 degrees or so...balaclava and ski goggles. Your eyes will tear up without them.

Widest tires you can fit...there will be potholes you can't see. If your routes routinely ice up completely, think about studded tires, but that's an extreme measure.
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not much work really, fenders, studded tires, rain fly for the rear trunk & insulated water bottles. a cheap motel style shower cap over the helmet may not offer much thermal protection but if there's falling precip, it's helpful

lights are good if you don't already have them cuz you may be riding in darkness or thru precip which hinders auto visibility

as for winterizing the rider ... a balaclava & eye protection would help, for the upper torso, by the end of last winter I wound up with a base layer, a thick North Face fleece jacket & thin wind break vest. not to stray to far afield, I'll leave legs, hands & feet alone for now?

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The ski goggles idea is SMART. basically my face and my feet getting gold is the biggest concern. It's hard to WINDproof both those areas. which is my largest concern, but learning about moisture and wind in the cold (fall or sleety winter) is also great.
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i always get suggestions to wind/waterproof with neoprene but it seems like neoprene is not waterproof, is it windproof?
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Neoprene is great for the feet, I have two so I guess I could layer them if I really wanted to. Not waterproof.
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my toes have always been an issue for me, even as a teen. I've tried neoprene toe covers that go inside your shoes but they didn't help enough. I just use toe warmers & when it gets really cold hand warmers taped to my sock liner. for waterproofing the feet I use shoe covers, hands get 2 sets of gloves, during the coldest months I break out the snow pants & winter boots

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Old 09-14-17, 08:29 AM   #15
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rumrun what shoes are those? those look nice and walkable. but then again i only just got some spd sl's after using platforms for the last couple of years
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rumrun what shoes are those? those look nice and walkable. but then again i only just got some spd sl's after using platforms for the last couple of years
those are high tech light hikers with fairly generic rubbers over them & columbia winter boots. but recently got some lake cycling brand mountain bike shoes which accept clips of some kind. I think they have enough room for sock liners & toe warmers, but not 100% sure. I only have 80 miles on them. if not, I can go back to the old hikers. there are lot's of winter riders on this forum w clipless cleats, etc & there are numerous neoprene covers for those. one liability is the cold coming up thru the cleat. I think I've read some ppl switch to platform for the coldest months so they can bundle up the feet a bit more. search the winter forum - there's a ton of stuff in here! might want to look in the threads in the late January, February & early March time frame! :-)
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just that if you have to stretch a neoprene bootie to get it over your clipless pedal shoe,
you are further reducing the blood circulation to your feet making them colder..
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