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Old 10-28-08, 03:41 PM   #1
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Winter commuting on a vintage Raleigh 3 speed

I just picked up a mint '74 Raleigh Superbe 3 speed, with plans of making it my winter commuting bike. I tested it out today in less than ideal conditions--crazy high winds literally blew me off the road once or twice. Has anyone had experience riding a Raleigh 3 speed in winter, and if so, how did it hold up? I'm concerned a bit about the heaviness and the slowness of the bike. I live in Toronto, if it helps--no major amounts of snow, but a lot of salt on the roads and wind.

The rest of the year I ride a Bianchi Milano, which I'm in love with but refuse to ruin in the salt. Maybe I'm just too used to how it rides?
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Old 11-08-08, 07:04 PM   #2
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i've actually done some winter riding on a 68' superbe and the fenfers and chainguard help alot. the skinny 26x1 3/8 tires cut thru light snow and are ok stable. get the knobbiest you can find in your size and studded if they even make them for your size wheels. so many swear by them.
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I just picked up a mint '74 Raleigh Superbe 3 speed, with plans of making it my winter commuting bike. I tested it out today in less than ideal conditions--crazy high winds literally blew me off the road once or twice. Has anyone had experience riding a Raleigh 3 speed in winter, and if so, how did it hold up? I'm concerned a bit about the heaviness and the slowness of the bike. I live in Toronto, if it helps--no major amounts of snow, but a lot of salt on the roads and wind.

The rest of the year I ride a Bianchi Milano, which I'm in love with but refuse to ruin in the salt. Maybe I'm just too used to how it rides?
It should make a reasonably good winter bike with the right tires.
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