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Old 01-23-14, 12:07 PM   #1
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I want your input

I'm ready to buy a bad weather/winter/commuter but I don't know what to get. I live in Wisconsin in the city. What do I need to get around for 5 miles a day at least? What kind of bike in your opinion is good for my needs? Any set up suggestions. Right now I'm thinking mountain but I've heard thin tires could be good too.
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Here's a possibility: Trek CrossRip

http://bicycletimesmag.com/review-trek-crossrip/
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Here's a possibility: Trek CrossRip

http://bicycletimesmag.com/review-trek-crossrip/
The link is not working but i googled it and that bike is sweet. I am a college student though and I might need a cheaper option.
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Used mountain bikes work well.
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Used mountain bikes work well.
That's what I was thinking too
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I commute in WI in winter and have 2 bikes set up with studded tires. I prefer the hybrid with 700 x 37 tires most days as it rolls easier and handles ice well enough. I use my mt bike with 26" x 2 tires on the really bad days as I feel I have better control with the wider tires and the more upright geometry.
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Ok, I don't mean to sound trite, but the bike you're the most comfortable on would be my choice. I think there is a danger with thinking that a specific "style" or "type" of bike is better than another for bad weather/winter/commuting. I've ten different bikes (some in various stages of rebuild) ranging from suspension mt bikes to carbon high-tech racing machines. As I've played around with them I realized there were qualities that I liked and didn't like in each depending on the weather. As of today, I like my steel cross bike with studded tires and a single 38 tooth chain ring up front and a nine speed 13 -34 cog in the rear. It's got bar end shifters (no amount of snow and sludge seem to stop them from working) and everything else is pretty standard. The bike just feels right for me when on snow and ice. However, if it's just rain and wind, I opt for my titanium road bike with 28 X 700C tires and mudgaurds. It keeps me relatively dry and feels good in the wind. My suggestion would be to ride as many different bikes as you can before making a decision, or resign yourself to the fact you might end up owning several bikes.
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On a limited budget I'd opt for a good quality early to mid '90s mtb outfitted with studded tires, full coverage fenders, cargo rack(s), and panniers. Expect to spend as much on winterizing equipment as the bike itself. A little research will be required to make sure all the upgrades are compatible with each other as well as the bike.
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I commute in WI in winter and have 2 bikes set up with studded tires. I prefer the hybrid with 700 x 37 tires most days as it rolls easier and handles ice well enough. I use my mt bike with 26" x 2 tires on the really bad days as I feel I have better control with the wider tires and the more upright geometry.
Thank you. I did pick up a mtb. Considering getting some studded tires or making my own soon.
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Ok, I don't mean to sound trite, but the bike you're the most comfortable on would be my choice. I think there is a danger with thinking that a specific "style" or "type" of bike is better than another for bad weather/winter/commuting. I've ten different bikes (some in various stages of rebuild) ranging from suspension mt bikes to carbon high-tech racing machines. As I've played around with them I realized there were qualities that I liked and didn't like in each depending on the weather. As of today, I like my steel cross bike with studded tires and a single 38 tooth chain ring up front and a nine speed 13 -34 cog in the rear. It's got bar end shifters (no amount of snow and sludge seem to stop them from working) and everything else is pretty standard. The bike just feels right for me when on snow and ice. However, if it's just rain and wind, I opt for my titanium road bike with 28 X 700C tires and mudgaurds. It keeps me relatively dry and feels good in the wind. My suggestion would be to ride as many different bikes as you can before making a decision, or resign yourself to the fact you might end up owning several bikes.
I'm a beginner but I'm starting with my road bike and now I just picked up the mtb for the winter. I'll see if I like it and if not I'll push on to something else.
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On a limited budget I'd opt for a good quality early to mid '90s mtb outfitted with studded tires, full coverage fenders, cargo rack(s), and panniers. Expect to spend as much on winterizing equipment as the bike itself. A little research will be required to make sure all the upgrades are compatible with each other as well as the bike.
I got a mountain bike. Time to winterize it. I'm itching to try it out.
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I got a mountain bike. Time to winterize it. I'm itching to try it out.
Good choice.
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