The cheaper the better. Definately under 1k.
The cheaper the better. Definately under 1k.
Last edited by seafoamer; 12-08-07 at 05:02 PM.
Can you go singlespeed?
Bianchi San Jose, IRO Rob Roy, etc.
I really wanted to go w/ a SS or FG, but I'm in a fairly hilly area. I was thinking about Sheldon's San Jos8, although part of me thinks I should go w/ something w/ more of a upright riding pos. I want to be able to slap on Studed tires, & ride through the worst weather MA has to offer.
Buy a bike specifically for winter? Spend $1000 on it? NO thanks. Maybe just buy a $1000 bike that you really like all year long and then ride it in the winter.
1) it can snow Nov. - April in Massachusetts.
2) Having only a serious road bike, I was hoping to also use the winter bike as a trail, beach, & bad weather commuter in the other 3 seasons.
Trust me, I have $1000 to throw away on a bike like I have a need to be kicked in the junk. Plus, I said "definately under 1K".
Get a good hardtail mountain bike. A Trek 6000 is a good "bang for the buck."
Redline Conquest Sport, Bianchi Volpe, Surly CrossCheck complete.
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Jamis Coda. About $500 and a good ride.
thnx for the suggestions. Anyone put studded tires on any of these bikes?
I commuted on a crosscheck from brighton to newton all last winter, it was a mild winter but some rides were through 3-4 inches of fresh snow. I used a 35mm nokian studded tire in front and a 70x37 continental contact (non studded) in back and fenders. I tried the dual studded set up but it was so slow and the weather was so mild that i took it off. With only a studded front, I'm much faster and had only a few days where i was wishing for the studded REAR tire. I ran a shimano red band internal gear hub most of the winter and it worked well. SS or fixed is cool, but not having more options on a slippery uphill can be tough.
I'd look at the Jamis Commuter with the internal gear hub. it's under 600 and harris stocks it. get some studded tires and you're set.
--leo in allston
I've been wondering which frames out there are wide enough to rock with a studded tire. I like your crosscheck bike. I've been also thinkin' about an internal gear hub. Did you get your cross check at Harris's? That Jamis looks cool, but I like more of a road bike style.
Last edited by seafoamer; 10-02-07 at 08:20 PM.
My winter commuter (and year round grocery getter) is a hardtail. It's about $1k before you hang all the junk on it. Pretty stiff ride, too.
Last edited by CastIron; 10-08-07 at 03:40 PM.
Where in Mass?
It's a world of difference from Boston and the suburbs to say out by Fitchburg and Ashby.
What was I thinking, a bad winter anywhere is a bad winter.
Although I can't even imagine cycling the hills in Fitchburg in a bad year - personally I think full body armor with skid plates, but I might be a wimp.
As long as you can fit studded tires with full coverage fenders on the bike it should work.
If you have the money, disk brakes sound like they are great in the snow. If not run salmon colored pads and give them lots of time to clear the slush and water from the rim.
I would get pedals that can take winter boots for the really cold days, and if it's icey, studded boots. You can get mini-sheet metal screws to screw into wading shoes for fishing - I suspect you could screw them into any thick sole with deep lugs.
I ride a mountain bike and I like both the more upright position and the flat bars - hands always close to the brakes. You could, of course, set up cyclocross interrupter levers on drop bars.
Snow November to April? - In a real bad year it's October through May if you include flurries that leave an inch or two on the roads, well maybe not with global warming.
Harris Cyclery in Newton sells the Bianchi San Jose8. That'll pretty much take care of your budget right there.
Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.
I just ride a 70$ beater. with 70$ pair of tires.
What is important, is that my brake doesn't fail (rear drum brake), and the traction my tires supply.
If you're in an area with a lot of snow and where salt or sand is used on the road, your bike will take a beating. Steel parts will corrode and drivetrains will wear out. As a result, I'd suggest a cheap bike for winter, possibly a used bike.
Life is good.
About 350 bucks. Look for one a year or two older and save even more bucks. I bought mine for 275 bucks.
Spend the other 600 or so on good riding gear, studded tires, etc.
Last edited by Spicy McHaggis; 10-10-07 at 02:34 PM.
Check out the Redline SS Ridge Mountain Bikes.
$0 junker MTB w/ $70 studded tires.
I like the idea of an internal hub though, but fixie helps when the breaks and gears get jammed with ice. If only there was an internal hub fixie... heh heh... cool...
my bro lives in somerville, rides all year (he takes the bus if it's really bad). Worked in Harvard Sq for about 7 years, now I don't know where he rides to.
He had a Jamis something mtb, $400 or so new, steel, no-name brakes, cranks (alloy arms, steel rings), straight post, etc. He wore the components out after a few years so he got a Specialized FSR something in a scratch 'n dent sale, swapped what he could, and sold the rest (including the frame and fork). The totally beat up steel frame is key as the bike sits out the whole day. He wears boots and isn't quick but he gets there and back. Standard mtb tires.
Wear and tear - keep in mind where you're riding. My bro's wheels regularly get bent by vandals (college kids prob). It's not just wear and tear.
He had a hybrid/cross bike but the wheels didn't last very long. It's his backup now.
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