I gave my old winter snow MTB commuter to my brother for Christmas and got me a new Raleigh One-Way SS for my snow commuter. I figured that with the Kenda Klondike studded tires and no derailuers to get all iced & gunked up, it would be a better choice for riding in the snow. Well I was wrong. We finally got some snow & ice last night, so I rode the Raleigh to work for the first time today. While I thought it was great when I putted around the neighborhood during our first snow, I found a few quirks that make it less than desirable for my commute:
1. Drop bars made it feel less stable on snow covered roads with an undercoating of ice.
2. Lack of lower gear shifting capabiity required me to climb the steeper grades out of the saddle, which negated any traction gained from the studded tires and almost caused the rear to slide out from under me.
So at lunch I bought a cheap Trek 7.2FX, which I'll finish setting up tomorrow night to use for my snow commutes. Just goes to show that getting older don't necessarily make one any wiser when one gets the itch for a new bike.