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Old 12-18-13, 06:53 AM   #951
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Sixty Fiver, I don't think Minnesota has seen 37F for several weeks. I'm jealous.

I posted a pic in the C&V mountain bike drop bar conversion thread, but figure here is appropriate as well.

I really like the look of this MTB drop bar conversion, I think that's the way I'm going to go for my winter bike when I build it up this year.
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Old 12-18-13, 07:25 AM   #952
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Old 12-20-13, 05:07 PM   #953
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So here in Clearwater County, ID it's about 20 degrees and snowing like crazy. I'll be out smiling/riding in it tomorrrow. Here is my winter ride on my favorite rural gravel route.
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Old 12-20-13, 07:20 PM   #954
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I really like the look of this MTB drop bar conversion, I think that's the way I'm going to go for my winter bike when I build it up this year.
Thanks! I credit the thread over in C&V; there are some really inspiring builds in there (and of course Sixty Fiver is a continual inspiration).
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Old 12-20-13, 07:21 PM   #955
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Dude. DUDE! I want one. How is the visibility in traffic?
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Old 12-22-13, 12:59 AM   #956
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I'm really diggin' these Conti Top Contact Winter tires. Not studded but the rubber compound and tread do make a difference, they make 3" of snow ride feel more like 1" and don't spin out as readily on slick inclines.
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I'm really diggin' these Conti Top Contact Winter tires. Not studded but the rubber compound and tread do make a difference, they make 3" of snow ride feel more like 1" and don't spin out as readily on slick inclines.
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Old 12-22-13, 01:07 AM   #958
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Thanks! I credit the thread over in C&V; there are some really inspiring builds in there (and of course Sixty Fiver is a continual inspiration).
I just thought I was a bad influence...

I am resisting the urge to put drop bars on my new fixed gear mtb... the bullmoose bars are cool enough and comfortable enough that I should be able to leave this one alone.
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Doubled my previous top ride distance in snow after today's storm (11 miles). Now I know it's possible for derailleurs to freeze solid, and that 6 inches of snow works really well as a bike stand
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Old 12-22-13, 10:09 PM   #961
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Mystery Schwinn Winter Frankenbike, with quite possibly the last two 27" Tioga Bloodhound tires ever sold.
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Thanks! I credit the thread over in C&V; there are some really inspiring builds in there (and of course Sixty Fiver is a continual inspiration).
I just thought I was a bad influence...
You are, a continually inspiring bad influence.
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I am resisting the urge to put drop bars on my new fixed gear mtb... the bullmoose bars are cool enough and comfortable enough that I should be able to leave this one alone.
I'm also considering that too but I need to find out about suitable brake and gear levers for that setup.
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Old 12-24-13, 09:15 AM   #965
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Sixty Fiver, I don't think Minnesota has seen 37F for several weeks. I'm jealous.

I posted a pic in the C&V mountain bike drop bar conversion thread, but figure here is appropriate as well.

This really is a well thought out build... looks like SA hubs front and rear with the SA XRDC out back.

I have one of these hubs I am planning to build up but just don't know where I will use it yet.

We went from -27 to thawing over the course of a day here as a Chinook blew in from the south... this brings warmer and wetter Pacific air and the little bit of freezing rain has made the roads like curling ice.

Despite that... I have been riding the new fixed gear sans studs (albeit carefully) and swapped the rear cog last night to lower my gearing just a smidge which feel great.
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Old 12-24-13, 09:16 AM   #966
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You are, a continually inspiring bad influence.

I'm also considering that too but I need to find out about suitable brake and gear levers for that setup.
Bar ends and linear pull levers for V brakes will address all of that, if you are rocking cantis you can use normal road levers.
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Old 12-25-13, 04:13 PM   #967
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My first attempt at a Winter bike. I'm thinking this one will become a dedicated "ice" bike for next year. It has horizontal rear dropouts and reinstalling the rear wheel and keeping it straight with gloves or frozen fingers is a PITA. I'd only be riding on ice close to home and wouldn't be trying to fix a flat but with dry roads I might be venturing far enough that fixing a flat in cold weather could be a possibility. I have a Bendix 2 speed kickback hub that combined with studded tires might make for an interesting ice bike. Most of the components and accessories on it now would migrate to another frame with vertical dropouts for my beater/Winter bike.

The picture was taken today after a failed attempt at riding on glare ice. I stayed upright but the bike didn't go where I was wanting to go. The streets here are covered with it and they have a pretty steep crown. Once you get off the crown you start sliding toward the edge of the road and all you can do is go with it. Snow is no problem but the ice wins every time and right now there is no money in the bike budget for studded tires.

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Old 12-30-13, 07:41 PM   #968
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Fun in the snow http:// P1090982 by DennisLitto, on Flickr

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Old 01-01-14, 09:11 PM   #969
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Nothing fancy here. My old 1988 Trek 900 hybrid with Kenda Klondike studs on it. Not pretty, but it works.



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Old 01-01-14, 09:19 PM   #970
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Don't have any, both hands are on the handlebars.
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Old 01-03-14, 03:45 PM   #971
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Great shot. Makes winter riding look downright inviting.
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Old 01-05-14, 01:15 PM   #972
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When I'll likely encounter more icy conditions I ride an old, 90's Rockhopper.



When it's snow I'm trying to get through, I love my 9ZERO7 fattie.

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Great shot. Makes winter riding look downright inviting.
It is a beautiful route to cycle on during the winter... used to ride through there every day and once it warms up a little plan to take a spin through there.
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Taken a few days before Christmas last year. Struble Trail in Downingtown, Chester County PA. Temperature was a balmy 40F.

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Don't have any, both hands are on the handlebars.
Well, if you aren't willing to stop pedaling long enough to take a photo (and I applaud that kind of enthusiasm for riding) maybe you could free up one hand and snap a pic . Not in traffic, though.

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