I have two bikes, now winter is coming and I have to decide which one I´m going to make my winter commuter: My Gazelle Medeo or my Focus Black Mountain.
Winter over here means some freezing, some thawing, snow, messy grub, often black ice and plenty of salt on the road.
The Gazelle has cheaper components, Shimano Alivio, 8 sp cassette, which I can replace at a low cost should they be ruined come spring. The weight is more to the rear when riding this bike giving less pressure on the front wheel. It has rim brakes. The fenders might give some trouble with the Schwalbe winter tires I´m going to use.
The Focus is equiped with shimano LX, replacing the drive train would be a fairly expensive exercise. This bike handles a bit directer than the Gazelle. It has disc brakes that can get noisy when it is wet and there is a lot of dirt on the road. They keep working fine however. The fenders give no issues with larger tires. This bike is fully insured so should I crash and break anything it is covered, the bike for purchase value, Stuff I´m wearing or carrying for a maximum of 2500 Euro. This might be handy should anything happen. It is not insured for normal wear obviously.
Both bikes cost roughly the same and I like them both. Which one should I make my winter bike?