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Old 08-24-08, 04:11 PM
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oh yeah and as a last comment, derailers DO work in the winter. Rarely freezing rain can cause some temporary "singlespeeding" but derailleurs aren't terrible. They're ugly and they'll get full of crap, but they'll still shift half decently. Also rim brakes do work too. They will use up your rims quicker than usual with the sand and salt, and sometimes they take 30 seconds of "pedaling while braking" to melt off the initial ice layer when you bring them from inside your house to freezing outside, but after that they work decently. Obviously not ideal, but they are safe.
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