This is my fifth winter of riding, but the first time I've had this particular problem.
Here's the problem. The other night we got some freezing rain followed by a couple inches of wet snow. When I got on my bike in the morning, the brakes. shifters and both derailers were frozen solid, and the cranks would barely move at all. I squirted lube on everything but I was still stuck. I ended up walking to work.
I have three questions:
- What's a quick way to thaw out a frozen bike so you can ride it?
- Is there an easy way to prevent freezing if you must leave the bike out in the rain and snow?
- What would make one bike more prone to freezing than another one? Like I said, I've never had this problem before.
My new MTB seems to be more prone to freezing than previous bikes, and I won't have access to the garage for a while.