Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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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.
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831