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Ride my new bike in the winter or not?????

Old 01-18-12, 06:48 AM
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Ride my new bike in the winter or not?????

I know this is such a 41 question, but I hate the watered down advice you get from that place. I just bought a new Cervelo S2. I also bought a P2 as well. I went "all in." With the nice winter in PA I have put some big mles on the S2 already. Unbelievable ride..... Now that winter is starting to show its self the roads are getting very dirty. Lots of grit from fine sand, ash, stone, and salt. So the million dollar question... would you ride the new S2 on these roads?

At home I have a work station where I put the bike on a stand and spray it off as soon as I get home. I can then dry and relube in less then 5 minutes. She looks as good as new. But I'm always wondering if I could be doing internal damage to the deraillers (sp), bearings, etc.... I want to ride it, but I'm just not sure if I should. The article on Velo's website concerned me. It's the one with cyclocross using road components and damaging the bearings.

As a note, I do have an old bike I could ride, but I paid for the Cervelo and would like to ride it. Especially because I'm going to race her, I would like to get to know her in all conditions. hahahaha
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Old 01-18-12, 06:56 AM
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Honestly? There's no way I'd ride a nice Cervelo in the salt. That stuff gets everywhere and will cause corrosion in places that you probably don't want it. Even though it looks like new once you clean it up I'd be afraid that it's getting down into places you can't see and clean. But that's me. Maybe you make a lot of money and can afford to replace parts and whatever. It all comes down to money. I know people who drive 60 thousand dollar cars in the winter and just trade them in when they get messed up, they can afford to do that.

If you're uncomfortable enough to ask the question then I'd say maybe you're better off riding a winter bike and dream of spring when you look at the P2 or S2. Or move south.
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winter bike.

with fenders.
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Old 01-18-12, 07:42 AM
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If there's a lot of salt then anything steel will corrode a bit faster (versus no salt, i.e. summer conditions). For a (nice) bike that means bolts, chain, cassette bits, some pivots, maybe an axle.

I admire your wish to ride the good bike. I've also gone out when it'd have been better to ride a different bike.

At the same time, if you ride a not-as-nice bike with not-as-nice wheels right now, you'll be absolutely shocked when you ride the nice bike at the beginning of the good season. It's not a bad thing.

If you get used to the worse bike now, the nice bike will be a pleasant surprise.

Think of it this way. In 2009 I was 185 at my lightest, 200-210 lbs at my heaviest. Over the winter I lost a lot of weight, going down to 155-158. I never realized what losing 30-40 lbs would feel like, but now I have a way of comparing my old to new weight: I pick up a full tank of propane. It weighs just under 40 lbs, and I used to carry that everywhere.

Did I notice it then? No. Do I notice it when I suddenly add it to myself? Yes.

In a month will you notice the extra weight of whatever other bike you have? Maybe a little. Will you have forgotten exactly what it's like to ride your nice bike? Probably. Will you be pleasantly shocked in March when you start riding the nice bike again? Yes.
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Salt is pretty evil stuff but it is nice to get used to your bike for racing too. Just don't take it out when it's wet and it should be ok. It's when the temp gets above freezing and the snow melts across the roads. Then you are riding in a salt solution which gets everywhere.
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Winter is what old steel 531 framed bikes with mudguards a for, keep the nice race bike for the spring/summer/fall, and use the old bike with you don't mind wrecking as much in the winter.
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Originally Posted by rotti View Post
I know this is such a 41 question
True dat.

Outfit the old bike with fenders and lights and use it for your offseason gotta-get-outside-and-train bike. Ride the nice bikes when you won't worry about them.

I race and ride my Felt in every possible condition. I keep it clean at all times and tear it down completely twice a year. If something needs replacing, I replace it. Simple as that.
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Originally Posted by rotti View Post
I know this is such a 41 question, but I hate the watered down advice you get from that place. I just bought a new Cervelo S2. I also bought a P2 as well. I went "all in." With the nice winter in PA I have put some big mles on the S2 already. Unbelievable ride..... Now that winter is starting to show its self the roads are getting very dirty. Lots of grit from fine sand, ash, stone, and salt. So the million dollar question... would you ride the new S2 on these roads?

At home I have a work station where I put the bike on a stand and spray it off as soon as I get home. I can then dry and relube in less then 5 minutes. She looks as good as new. But I'm always wondering if I could be doing internal damage to the deraillers (sp), bearings, etc.... I want to ride it, but I'm just not sure if I should. The article on Velo's website concerned me. It's the one with cyclocross using road components and damaging the bearings.

As a note, I do have an old bike I could ride, but I paid for the Cervelo and would like to ride it. Especially because I'm going to race her, I would like to get to know her in all conditions. hahahaha
Thanks for the help.
rock salt catalyses the spontaneous implosion of crabon fibre. i would know as i'm a chemist
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Old 01-18-12, 10:21 AM
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I'd ride an aluminum or steel bike with no reservations, but I have always had concerns about CF in very low temperatures and the effects of salt corrosion. Seems to me that CF would be far more likely to sustain injury in a winter environment, so I even swap out my CF wheels for spokes until spring.
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Old 01-18-12, 10:27 AM
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the S2 is probably set up like whatever bike it replaced in terms of fit. I would probably ride it, but can understand one that doesnt want to.

the P2 is a TT bike, right? you should be riding that alot to get your position dialed in and get used to it. when you ride it, you should ride it hard so you associate it with going hard and with pain.
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