If you entered this thread expecting awesum pix, check back in a few months. Maybe.
I know a lot of you people are expert snow cyclists, so I'd like your help in turning an old Fiori Roma road bike into something suitable for winter biking. Before you ask, I live in Ottawa, Canada, so there's serious snow here.
Everything's off the bike as it is now, and I intend to give it a fresh coat of paint soon... Ideally, I'm looking for the bike to end up kinda like this:
winter bike project goal.jpg
which is a single speed with strong wheels and grippy tires.
1. Can I reuse the front 42 biopace chainring and an appropriate cog on the back or do I need a whole new drivetrain set up?
2. The wheels now are 27x1 1/8. What should I do about winter tires?
Any tips you can give me would be very helpful. I really have no idea what I'm doing, but I have access to a whole lot of parts and tools thanks to the local bike coop.