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    Tawp Dawg GriddleCakes's Avatar
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    @crazzywolfie-

    You just gave my computer tetanus.

    And how do you ride with bare handlebars in the winter!? Brrr, dude.

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    lol. i wear gloves. you should see some of the handle bars on my bikes. i use them so much that the paint has warn off them where my hand are and they start to rust when left outside for a week. i was thinking about putting grips on my handle bars but i never ended up doing it. i still have a couple sets that are brand new sitting in my basement for it.

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    The Superbe has been retired from snow duty - long live the cheap-assed Motobecane!



    The snow was gone when I finished putting it together this past weekend so her first ride was snow-free (no biggie, better to seat the studs on some pavement for a spell), but this morning she was blooded...err...snowed. This is from when I got home this evening...we have a good 3 or 4 inches now, probably more by morning...she's really gonna get her snow legs tomorrow.

    Edit: I love how the snow makes my beard look fluffier - and whiter!
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    BTW - nice bike.
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    first big snowstorm in toronto! rode my fixie to and from work. was actually not that bad!! though you gotta be cautious of those front tire skids

    Also, dont you feel awesome when you ALMOST fall off your bike only to land on your feet running? its like 'hells yeah'



    here is my bike at a mall parking lot on top of the plowed snow

    and here is my bike in the middle of the bridge over top of a highway

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    I need to get some winter-appropriate tires, but it gets the job done.


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    I like! It's almost a shame to subject it to such harsh conditions.

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    As per my recent thread where I pondered the benefits of a more upright position for winter cycling, I swapped out my bike's flat bar/Ergon GC3 setup for some Trekking bars:






    As luck would have it, it turns out I was right! The bike handles better through the snow; especially that "mashed potato/cake batter" consistency snow that's been pushed around and compacted by passing motorists. I wouldn't go so far as to say the difference was night and day, but it's a definite improvement.

    The nice thing about trekking bars is that I can keep my hands on the grips (where the controls are located) when I need to be more upright, and then I can switch hand positions to the sides (very comfortable, BTW) when the road clears. I can even grab the front of the bars and rest my forearms on the grips when riding into a headwind and I need a more aero position.

    I am very pleased with the results, and IMHO the bike looks good, too! Of course, I'm a little biased.
    Gettin' my Fred on.

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    Since the snow brought me to a dead stop today I figured it was as good a time as any to get a picture of my bike. I don't have a kickstand so the dense snow drift came in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irclean View Post
    I like! It's almost a shame to subject it to such harsh conditions.
    Yea, I need to give it a good hose-down this weekend. It's also in need of a good drivetrain cleaning/lubing. Don't worry, she's in good hands; definitely my favorite bike, especially since I got it for FREE. It got to where it is with a good bit of TLC.

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    Here is mine today before a shopping and work trip.






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    Here's the mixte-ish 1970s Bottecchia I put together for my singlespeed winter commuter. Someone kindly deposited the frame in my yard a while ago after the rear derailleur broke and took out the rear wheel. It had been in my attic as a parts bike, and I finally used the some parts-bin components and a new SS wheelset to make it commute-worthy.

    I'm hoping I can keep it clean enough so that the WI salt doesn't wreak too much havoc on it...but all in all, it's somewhat sacrificial as it's a pretty cheap rig.



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    I frequently ride the Katy Trail in Missouri near Weldon Springs / Defiance which runs along the Missouri River on one side and the bluff on the other. This ride was 20 degrees with 14 mph winds with a light snow the previous day.

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    Winter here is not what it is up north, but besides my commuter,



    My "winter" bike is my single speed.

    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Probably going to flip it (have two other bikes set up for winter duty) but I finally finished a 94 Kona Kilauea that's been halfdone for some years. Put the original XC Pro thumbshifters back on and now it shifts like it should.


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    pugs

    Here's a shot of my wife's pugsley. More to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazzywolfie View Post
    heres the bike i have been using this winter. it has worked good.
    Something funny about that bike and I can't quite tell. Is that an old hardtail that got chopped and converted into a full suspension? It looks like old seatstays coming from the seat tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benajah View Post
    Something funny about that bike and I can't quite tell. Is that an old hardtail that got chopped and converted into a full suspension? It looks like old seatstays coming from the seat tube.
    that is exactly what i did to that bike. it started life as a hard tail with no suspension then i made it a low rider and once it broke i put what was left of the frame in storage till last summer when i bought a welder. the old seat stays are there with the plate with the serial number on it. it has the feeling of a stunt bike but has the speed and comfort of a mountain bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodge_mich View Post
    Here's the mixte-ish 1970s Bottecchia I put together for my singlespeed winter commuter. Someone kindly deposited the frame in my yard a while ago after the rear derailleur broke and took out the rear wheel. It had been in my attic as a parts bike, and I finally used the some parts-bin components and a new SS wheelset to make it commute-worthy.

    I'm hoping I can keep it clean enough so that the WI salt doesn't wreak too much havoc on it...but all in all, it's somewhat sacrificial as it's a pretty cheap rig.



    nice mixte
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    In the urban jungle.
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    ^^^
    Looks more like an urban boreal forest.

    Nice rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    This Trek 400d is my winter/rain & commuter bike;



    Love the bike. I have a 1984 Trek Touring bike in excellent condition that I bought new and been considering some upgrades. Tell me more about upgrades to yours.

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    After not being 100% happy with the studded tires on my cross bike, I decided to splurge and buy some for my Xtracycle. I'm much happier with this set up. I can balance and plow through the slushy stuff much easier with upright bars and wider tires. I also have come to appreciate disk brakes when riding through slop.

    Here's a couple of shots of my winterized Xtracycle, as well as my TCX cross bike.

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