I thought I had my old Trek 800 fully winterized until today... Part of the sidewalk wasn't plowed and my rear end kept drifting and sliding; it was a huge pain the ass. I do not want that to happen again- so I need some suggestions on how to winterize my bike a little more to make the commute easier, while keeping it fun. I only have to travel about 4 miles to the bus stop, but still want a clean fun ride there.
What I have done:
1. Removed the front brake since Front brake + snow= megadeath, just keep my rear Cantilever brake
2. Removed the front derailleur. This was just in the way and now all my controls are on my right hand. I can still select which front gear I want manually. High gear for faster speeds, middle gear for a normal commute.
3. I have a plastic coated seat so the snow wont soak into it
4. have strap-on front and rear fenders; they work nice.
I hear a lot about studded tires and adding weight to the front.
I just need some suggestions and ideas of what else I can do to spruce up and make my bike more efficient.
Also- any riding tips about getting through the thicker, rougher snow.... or is it just as simple as powering though? I just felt like i was going to pass out today while trying to get through- keep slipping and falling over and with the cold- I thought I was going to puke up my innards.
Any help would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!