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Old 11-01-11, 08:29 PM   #1
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What is a good winter bike?

I am looking for a good winter bike for in Minnesota. I don't really plan on riding in the snow but am sure I will get caught out in snow flurries or storms even. I am planning on putting studs on the tires. I plan on commuting and riding 20 to 30 mile stints with it. I am sure I will find some black ice at times also.

I have a couple of bikes available to me at no cost but not sure they are good for winter. One is a Trek 4300 and also a 4500. I can also get a Specialized Camber Comp which seems a little bit over kill. If the above bikes are not good ones I sure would take some recommendations and don't want to spend over $700.00
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Old 11-02-11, 08:12 AM   #2
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Find an old chrome-moly Trek 800 series (26" wheel MTB) or 700 series (700c Hybrid). Plenty of room for big tires and fenders, cheap and easy to find, tough as nails. If you are going to ride in a lot of cold and wet, you might want to consider a conversion to a single-speed or fixie on a dedicated winter bike. Rear derailleurs are very vulnerable to ice and slop.
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Old 11-02-11, 09:39 AM   #3
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I am looking for a good winter bike for in Minnesota. I don't really plan on riding in the snow but am sure I will get caught out in snow flurries or storms even. I am planning on putting studs on the tires. I plan on commuting and riding 20 to 30 mile stints with it. I am sure I will find some black ice at times also.

I have a couple of bikes available to me at no cost but not sure they are good for winter. One is a Trek 4300 and also a 4500. I can also get a Specialized Camber Comp which seems a little bit over kill. If the above bikes are not good ones I sure would take some recommendations and don't want to spend over $700.00
I have ridden a Trek 4300 through 8 winters. It's a perfect bike for winter riding as is just about any mountain bike that fits and is in good working order.
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Depends on your winter. Is your snow light and fluffy or damp and heavy. Do you get freeze/thaw action?
Start with your winter tyre so you know the wheel size and clearance rquired.
Modern , disc brake cyclo-cross (CX) bikes make excellent winter trainers for roadies. A lightweight cross-country style (XC) MTB works well. You can fit aerobars or trekking bars and use MTb controls so have the option of hydraulic brakes.

Having the capability in your frame for fixed/singlespeed or internal hub gear gives you options, as does bolt-on rack and fender fittings.
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Any bike with room for good studded tires and fenders is a fine winter choice. I agree that internal gearing would be better, but I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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