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    Building a Winter commuter for Boston, MA

    Long time cyclist relatively new to snow/ice cycling. I've commuted in cold weather but snow and ice always kept me off the bike, but that's lame. So I'm going to get a cheap but decent used bike and do a little work on it to make it suitable for winter commuting. One big question 700c or 26"? Just to be clear I'm not referring to a road bike I'm thinking hybrid or 29er with widish tires. Thanks!

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    My snow bike is a hybrid with disk brakes, fenders and 700x35c studded tires. Previously I had a rigid-forked MTB with disk brakes and 26" tires...and in hindsight I preferred it for commuting in the snow because I could use wider 26" studded tires. I looked at 29ers, but most of what I saw did not have braze-ons and eyelets for fenders, rack and such.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    I looked at 29ers, but most of what I saw did not have braze-ons and eyelets for fenders, rack and such.
    I think you need a Surly Karate Monkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebg View Post
    I think you need a Surly Karate Monkey.
    When I gave my old snow bike to my little brother, my plan was to build a KM from scratch to replace it...but then common-sense (cheapskatedness) took over and I simply modded a cheap hybrid - saving my money to put into my other bikes (including the big-dummy I am waiting for) that see a lot more use and much nicer riding conditions.
    "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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    How about the hub brake option to widen the frame possibilities - bike doesn't have to be disk-able. Some Hybrids must have room for wide tires w/700c?

    They must add a pound or so each, but very durable. I'm thinking of adding Sturmey-Archer hub brakes with their 5spd hub w/drum on the rear to my currently SS commuter. I'm sick of cleaning pads and watching my rims wear down.

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    IRO Rob Roy, lots of room for wider tires and a quick, snappy bike. Plus it is much cheaper (at least around my neck of the woods) than a Karate Monkey.
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