Had a snowy ride last Saturday, and ended up "Snowballing" my freewheel. "Huh? What'sat?" Well...when the perfect storm of wet, rainy snow and cold hits you, and your freewheel is fairly tight, then you end up losing all of your lower gearing, and can ride only with the largest cog.
Anyone out there have any suggestions (baring a new Rolloff rear hubbie) for me?
The main reason why I'm loathe go fixie is that I've got some biggish hills on my commute...and I'd hate to have to go REALLY REALLY slow in order to keep my legs from spinning off. Mind you, I used to race (nothing wonderous, but I *can* spin) and I've ridden my fixie down the smaller hill, and just way over spun my poor leg units.
It *WOULD* be very cool, but it's not (yet) something I'm considering for winter riding...
Fixie guys & guyettes...do you ride fixies when there are hills to climb/descend?
thanks for the responses, btw, I thought that noone ever had experienced this before...
I have a SS mtb geared at 32/14 which is fine for me, but gear choice is always individual, I prefer SS because then I can use a gear comfortable in the snow and uphill and just coast downhill. But thatīs me, others prefer fixed.
2004 Trek 4600, 1980's Univega Supra Sport, 2006 Lemond Reno
The nice thing about fixed gear is the backup for when your brakes become iced over. I would say go for a singlespeed, you won't be disappointed. If the hills are really rough, use a lower gearing, such as a 32x18 or even 20, and that'll get you up the hills easily. You will have next to nothing for speed on flats, but the gearing is a compromise between flat speed compared to climbing ability.
12 Y.O. Litespeed MTB, IRO Jamie Roy fixie, Custom Habanero Ti 'Cross, No name SS MTB, Old school lugged steel track bike (soon)
I run a two speed in the winter. I just lock a crappy rear derailleur in place with a short cable, then run a single shimano cog from a worn out cassette with tons of spacers. Then I still use my front derailleur as normal. Not as slick looking, or simple as a SS, but it is very reliable in the snow. I get a low gear for taking off from stoplights, hills, strong winds or deep snow, and a high gear for cruising. Simple enough so that there is very little maintenance required, although sometimes I do have to kick the Front D with my heel to get it to shift. When summer comes, I put it back to 16 speed, and I save $$$ on parts that would have gotten trashed by salt.