Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
1. When do you know to start transitioning to your winter bike? (I would hate to find out the hard way by wiping out)
I don't really have a winter bike. I have a road bike that will likely spend most of the winter hanging in the garage. My mountain bikes are preparing to haul my butt through another winter. I don't really do much of anything to the mountain bikes.
The only thing i do is put the studded tires on when there is ice/snow. Other than that I ride the same bikes i ride in the summer.
I also put on a trunk bag to give me room to store additional clothing. THis is usually stuff that i take off during the ride, as i warm up. I also have some hand and feet warmers in there just in case. (hardly ever use them though)
2. Would anyone stick with the Touring bike? If so, how would you equip it? If not what type of mt bike should I get? (I am roadie and know nothing about mt bikes)
I think a touring bike would be ok if you put the right tires on it. Go as wide as you can and get some studded tires for the other days. I just prefer more stability in the winter, so i like a wider tire. That is just me.
IF you want a mountain bike for winter commuting, just about anything will do. I think you will notice that it really isn't the bikes that need the attention in the winter. It is you, or actually your body. It is a much better idea to spend money on cold weather gear than on a winter bike.
The right clothing, etc. makes all of the difference in the world. Of course you should check your bike over and make sure it is sound, but like i said, any bike will basically work. Just put the right tires on it. Then start figuring out how to make yourself comfortable while you are on it. THis is a MUCH larger issue.
I strongly suggest getting a rear rack with at least a trunk bag and/or panniers. It is good to bring along some extra stuff. I just started packing my trunk bag today. I even put a little piece of one of those fire starter logs in a plastic bag and stuck it in there. I will stick a lighter in the bag as well, in the rare case i get so cold that i need a fire. (Don't laugh! Sometimes i ride in very rural areas, with no people around.)