My name is Chicagoan and as I'm sure you can, I live in Chicago. I am 15 years old, a Sophomore in High School, and I ride my '07 Specialized Crossroads Sport 5 1/2 miles to school everyday. This year I want to try winter cycling out. We get plenty of snow here but they are usually punctual about plowing. I have tried snow cycling twice on the wrong kind of bike. 1st I wanted to do some sledding on a snow day so I hitched up a converted child trailer to my dad's 5 year old Trek. I guess its a hybrid, but it it more like a road bike (rigid frame, extremely thin tires). Well I barely moved the trailer around the block. So I took the bus. The second time I tried to ride the same bike and I fell hard as hell on my ass.
Anyway I have a few questions. What kind of bikes do you use.
I have been looking at road and mountain bikes on craigslist for a winter bike.
The streets are never covered in snow (maybe a few inches between when the trucks come by). There will probrably be lots of stop and go traffic. The first quarter mile of my ride is on side streets but other than that everything should be plowed.
What tires do you reccomend and what kind of bike do you reccomend?
Any other tips? How to dress? The trailer I mentioned above was destroyed over the summer when I was carrying about 300 pounds worth of old newspapers to be recycled, luckily I was less than a block from the recycling place. They took the trailer too and I kept the wheels.
Anyway I now have a Burley Flatbed that I will be towing on occation.