Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Victoria, BC
Bikes: Surly Krampus, Surly Straggler, Pivot Mach 6, Bike Friday Tikit, Bike Friday Tandem, Santa Cruz Nomad
I'm stoked for my winter "commute"...
I haven't commuted regularly in the winter in years. Back when I was in university I owned a motorcycle which meant I had to ride my MTB all winter to see my GF and then get to school in the AM. Living on Lake Ontario I dealt with a lot of crazy weather and didn't have any $$$ for special gear. It's amazing what the lack of any other options does for you motivation to ride in gnarly conditions!...
After school I continued to commute all winter to work in the same city out of habit and for some exercise. Since than I've never lived anywhere that winter commuting was reasonable for a variety of reasons. I have had winter bikes and done some winter riding, but nothing very regular. It's a bit hard to motivate me to get out when it's dark, wet & cold.
Now that I work at home 4 days a week - some weeks never going to the office my commuting options are even slimmer, but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. My GF lives 20 minutes away across downtown. If I drive to her place I have a hell of a time finding parking and rush hour traffic makes the return trip twice as long in stop and go traffic so naturally I bike to her place.
With the days getting longer I'm facing my first winter in a long time where I'll be biking back and forth across town regularly. Not exactly commuting to work, but a similar challenge nevertheless. I'm looking forward to it. Although I can't get motivated to go out and ride regularly in the winter when I do have a reason to get on the bike I normally enjoy it quite a lot. Naturally getting to see my GF is plenty motivation to go for a bike ride - not to mention the motivation of not having to deal with rush hour madness after a heavy snowfall!
Since I've got a more resources at my disposal now compared to my university days I'm hauling out a bunch of existing bike parts and figuring out how to setup my winter ride. I'm thinking:
- single speed MTB frame
- 8 speed internal gear hub
- disc brakes
- generator hub & LED light
- drop bars
- rear rack & panniers
- studded front tire & normal Marathon XR rear
- full coverage fenders
- if I can find a full chain case that I like and that works I may go that route
Now all I need is some snow...LMAO....good thing Canada that's never far off....