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Old 01-21-12, 03:46 PM   #651
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Here is my ride for this season:
It's my (rebuilt every few months for the heck of it) Miele Mercury with the recently added drop bars.
All I did for Winter was add some 26 x 2.10 Kenda Klaw tires that I purchased at MEC for $15 each, and I removed the computer so it didn't get damaged.
Oh and some black duct tape over the unused bottle mounts and along the chainstays to help protect from the road sludge.



I'm sure someone will nitpick the positioning, however it is positioned in the right place - in the snow!



These where from a test run about an hour ago so I didn't take it through too much slop. I was running the tires at full pressure, but I'll probably take a little bit out like I have in the past. Not too soft for a pinch flat, but enough to get a little more rubber down.

Incidentally, I was riding along trails that look like this:

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Old 01-21-12, 05:36 PM   #652
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Fixed gear with Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires, Moose Mitts and Ortlieb waterproof pannier.

Now all we need is ice, snow and really cold temperatures.
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Latest incarnation of my '88 Diamondback... FG with 59 G.I., $6 Bell cyclocomputer, Kenda Klondike tires, Kool-Stop pads, and recently converted to drops -- a set of Sakae "Randonner" bars I picked up for $3. Still need to wrap the bars, and I'm debating whether to re-add the rear brake.



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P.S. Even though I like Kool-Stop pads, I'm not liking the way they load up with snow with how close I have to run them to the rims. I think for my next step, I'm going to build a new front wheel with a drum hub.
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Old 01-22-12, 07:42 AM   #654
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Incidentally, I was riding along trails that look like this:

Was this photo taken by the Rideau river?
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Nice photo, spectacular scenery. I'm guessing not all the roads were so tracked up. You should try some studded tires, at least in the front.
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Old 01-23-12, 01:44 PM   #657
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After watching this video, I think every bike can be a winter bike. We have to split it in two categories - Winter bike and Snow bike ;-)
"The Worst Day Of The Year Ride" Ann Arbor, MI http://youtu.be/AsOWOCEos1w
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http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2010/...-part-one.html

inspiring. and no asphalt.
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Old 01-23-12, 08:52 PM   #660
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Here is my bike after last weekends storm!
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Well it's been a interesting first year winter commuting. I've learned a lot about how to dress and ride for any given condition. This morning was a rather pleasant 25f and no wind and not a soul on the trail. Nothing but the sound of my tires crunching the ice and snow. Sadly I seem to be the only still riding to work. I used to see another bike tracks up until this week when the ice, deep snow and real cold temps hit. Oh well I'm having fun!!!

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I’ve wanted a rugged Cyclocross bike for off-road and winter use for a couple years. I already have a Soma Double Cross as a Century bike, but with a Carbon Fiber fork and road bike wheels and gearing, the Soma was might not last much longer if exposed frequent use on dusty trails and salty winter roads. What can a Monster-cross bike offer that a Cyclocross bike doesn’t already provide? I expect that a Monster-cross bike will deliver improved tank-like durability and a more forgiving ride on rough trails & wintery roads.

I finally took the plunge and purchased an Origin 8 CX700 frameset after noticing this review: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ent...The-Tank.

The frame was ideal for my budget Monster-cross build. With room for 700x50 tires, disc or cantilever brakes, Road or MTB rear drop-out spacing. The rear-entry horizontal rear drop-outs will permit single-speed, IGH and derailleur drivetrains. The frame-set is a bit heavier than a Surly Cross Check, the rear drop-outs and the fork are extra strong & heavy and a little overbuilt.

It took a few weeks of searching, finding a frameset wasn’t easy. These sell out quickly and are prices at about $200 for both the frame & fork. I finally found one on eBay in December. The geometry in the largest size is a good fit for me. The frame arrived and I was surprised at the quality. The tube-set is 4130 aerospace standard. The welds are skillfully done, but less smooth than my Soma. The paint was very good, with good color and as tough as most automotive finishes.

I wanted to keep costs low, so I decided on cantilever brakes. The Tektro 720 brakes are good performers at a great price. Rim-brake wheels are also budget friendly, I found a new set of 40 spoke Velocity Dyad on Formula high flange hubs for about $130 delivered. Disc brakes would have been nice, but they limit racking options, add weight and would require a pricier wheelset.

I was hoping to use a Shimano 105 triple crank-set and build a 3x10 drivetrain, but the arms on road crank with external bearings won’t clear the chain-stays. So I installed a Shimano Deore “Trekking” crank-set with 48, 36 and I installed a 22t small chainring. This was matched to a 12-27 nine speed cassette. Tiagra STI “brifters” and a front derailleur for triple were installed. A Deore SGS rear derailleur completes the drivetrain.

The handlebars needed to fit the off-road personality of the build, Salsa Moto-Ace Woodchipper handle bars improve rough surface stability and work well with STI levers. A Thomson Elite seat-post is held by Surly seat-post clamp.

To save some weight and to add mid-blade fork rack mounts, I replaced the Origin 8 fork with a new Surly Cross Check fork. The fork is much lighter, looks great and should provide a more compliant ride. The practical tire clearance is a good match for the frame, with room for 700x40 or larger tires & fenders both front & rear.

I've put 700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Cross tires on the bike for now, the winter this year has been mild. My plan is to put 700x40 Nokian Hakkapeliitta w240 next winter for ice & snow on pavement or off. I'll have 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon winters on my Soma Double Cross for mixed dry & icy pavement that is common in Chicago.













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....waiting for snow here in New England, but I am prepared!

The frame has a broken brake boss in the rear and it has horizontal dropouts so it was a perfect candidate for a coaster brake hub in the back. The trim kit for the hub was missing the coaster brake strap, so I used a p-clip I had lying around. It seems to be holding up well. It took only a ride or two to get used to the coaster brake. Front brake of course stops with authority which is normal for these old honkin' cantis! Some pix have my $5 frame bag mounted, some dont. (It's just a slightly modded oddly triangular shaped messenger bag.)

It needs a bb overhaul but I just poured a bunch of oil down the seat tube which works for now. I figure as a winter bike I'll trash the bearings either way and simply install a cartridge unit in the summer. A that point I'll settle on a proper single-ring crank. Note to self-install dust-cap. Also I need to fashion a mud guard for the cheap plastic fenders.






Maybe someday I'll change the saddle that I took from a little girls parts bike...but hey, it's comfy!

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Awesome bike! just out of curiosity, what fork is that you have there? Stock?
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Awesome bike! just out of curiosity, what fork is that you have there? Stock?
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yep, stock g2 fargo / fork / build. just swapped out the 42 woodchippers for the wider 46s, and moved a straight seatpost over to run my revelate bag.
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Very nice. I was asking becuase im building up a rigid winter and poor weather bicycle that will last. Simple and strong is what i want. That fork looks both Let me know how the 46s work for you.
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This has been one of the mildest winters I have ever seen with many above freezing days which means there are some icy patches and some stretches that don't get sun that have stayed snow covered and any roads that are not cleared are really slushy.

The Norco has been handling it all with a comfortable ride and a sure footed-ness that is confidence inspiring... am running 64 front and 128 studs in the rear.

Those PB Cascadia fenders have meant that cleaning my bike has not been anything I have needed to do despite the slop.

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SixtyFiver,
This winter for me has been the same, mild for what we usually get.
By far our worst storm was in october! If you can believe that.
Well maybe it is all building up for the very second i take my studs off my Univega.
Also, sturdy bike you have there.
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