I'm planning for riding through the winter, but I'm not even sure which bike I want to use. I bought a Sears 3-speed to use, but I'm wondering if my Trek 8000 SLR would be a better choice or not.
Already has fenders
Already has a rear rack
While it would suck, it's not a big loss if it turns to rust
650 wheels, I have a 26" wheel I can throw on the front, but I'll probably need longer reach brakes.
Haven't looked yet but I don't know if I can even get a knobby tire for the rear. (I still need to figure out what size the wheel actually is.)
Trek 8000 SLR Pros:
Aluminium frame, so that won't rust
Should give me a bit better control, probably would be more fun to ride too.
I won't feel like I wasted $300 on a bike I never ride
Trek 8000 SLR cons:
Winter takes a toll on bikes, I'd like to keep this one in good shape.
Have to buy fenders
Might have to buy a new rack to get one that fits
My town doesn't take very good care of the streets in the winter. While I managed to do without last year, I really want at least a studded front tire this year.
Any advice on which bike to choose would be appreciated.
Icicle Bicycle..custom touring bike, Surly Long Haul Trucker, steel hardtail mtb, pos Giant alu TCR
Sears 3-speed ? to each his own :-) Winter riding isn't the same everywhere, nor do riders have the same skill levels. Personally, here in Anchorage, winter riding is more challenging , I ride as good a bike as I can afford.some times its MTB sometimes my LHT ( fatties fit fine :-) ). All bike components wear out, do your maintenance , then replace stuff that wears out.