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    Would this make a good winter bike?

    Looking to build my first dedicated winter bike. I've decided I don't want to use any of my current bike's. Looking to CL, I run across this 18spd Savoy for $25.00. Would this be a good starting point?

    http://flint.craigslist.org/bik/3345973005.html

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    might work if your winter is mild. in a snow storm your rims will freeze up and be a potential problem. disc brakes are really helpful in winter. Next question is how wide a tire can you use and can you get a studded tire in there? Winter in Florida is no problem but "real" winter with snow and ice requires studs and disc brakes are a big help. Not critical...I commuted with rim brakes for an entire winter down to -30F so I can say it can be done. The critical thing is studded tires for ice. You also may want to have the bearing and possibly bottom bracket greased with a grease that won't be a problem in cold. Same with freewheel. that all depends on the temps you can expect.

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    Thanks for the insight. I've since decided to keep looking. That frame is too small for me. I thought maybe I could get-by with it, but talked myself out of it. There are alot of older bikes around here, I think I may be able to do better. Maybe I'll look at the big box stores, and see if I can find something with disc brakes that might give me a couple of winters service.

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    Senior Member digibud's Avatar
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    if you can't afford a good new bike then I'd suggest craigslist if you live in a large enough town. a box store bike will never be seriously dependable...some places that carry mid level stuff might be reasonable...but not a wally bike for winter commuting...

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    Disc brakes if you have long winter with lots of snow and ride through deep snow. Or if you have lots of hills. If mostly flat, rim brakes will do.
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