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Old 08-24-08, 04:06 PM
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Bikes: Trek 520, Specialized Enduro, 70's SS conversion town bike, 80's mtb internal hub internal drum brake winter bike, fixed karate monkey

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you're sure you want disc brakes?
I've heard that they can get caked with calcium and salt and just get really messed up.

What I use is a smaller than usual steel mountain bike frame (a pretty decent 90's one that's got light tubes) with an internally geared hub that also has a sealed drum brake in it.

I find that in winter, at least around here, my "ideal speed" varies greatly from day to day. With clear, dry, slightly windy conditions I can keep up my speed (with nice 26x2.1 tires with hundreds of metal studs) but when it's sketchy and windy I'd rather not go too fast, just keep a decent medium speed and blow through all the chop and black ice. I'd rather not have to stand up to pedal like a singlespeed sometimes. I do stand up very frequently, but I'd just rather not be FORCED to sometimes. I have 7 speeds in my new internal hub, we'll see how that goes.
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