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Old 02-25-10, 03:40 PM   #1
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changing road conditions

the roads are all torn up now. the snow and ice is less of a problem now. I'm thinking of swapping my MTB's killer studs for some 2.0 slicks I have used in the past. maybe for a commute or two.

anybody else tempted to put their killer snow bike back in service even though there is no killer snow, and do so by putting big fat slicks on it?

it's so much easier changing tires on the 26" bikes, why not?
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Oh yeah, once I've established that there is absolutely no ice on my route, I change over to 2.1 inch semi-slicks. It's such a treat after rolling studs, and I don't mind that I might have to change 'em back after a late snowstorm. But my route is rarely ice-free until about April. And my winter bike is also my summer/spring/fall bike, so tire changes are my only option for changing road conditions. For now.
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I've go 4 bikes in he mix right now. 3 mostly. 3 road and 1 MTB. nothing fancy (or new) but all in top shape.
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I don't mind having just the mountain bike, it does almost everything that I need a bike to do and still manages to be fun to ride. Actually, I don't think that I've ever ridden a bike that wasn't fun (except one five mile ride home after I'd busted my seatpost and had to stow the saddle in my backpack).

I do have two major bicycle purchases that hopefully I will be able to fund sometime this summer. Because I need more cargo versatility for grocery and recycling runs, the first will be an xtracycle extension. Because, come summer, I want to go fast, the second will be a cyclocross bike. But I really, really need to make my tuition money first, so we'll see.
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I don't mind having just the mountain bike, it does almost everything that I need a bike to do and still manages to be fun to ride. Actually, I don't think that I've ever ridden a bike that wasn't fun (except one five mile ride home after I'd busted my seatpost and had to stow the saddle in my backpack).

I do have two major bicycle purchases that hopefully I will be able to fund sometime this summer. Because I need more cargo versatility for grocery and recycling runs, the first will be an xtracycle extension. Because, come summer, I want to go fast, the second will be a cyclocross bike. But I really, really need to make my tuition money first, so we'll see.
I don't believe that you will regret the addition of a Free Radical Xtracycle attachment to your bike.
I am hoping to get a Big Dummy to replace my Xtracycle with.
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I'm really looking forward to it. My lady was kind of skeptical that it would pay off financially, but then we just spent $1300 replacing a leaf spring on our current cargo vehicle: the Tacoma. I don't really care as much about recouping the investment as being able to just spend less time in the car. Cycling is fun. Driving is stress.

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