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Let's see your C&V winter bikes!

Old 12-12-21, 01:46 PM
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Let's see your C&V winter bikes!

Every year as winter approaches I find myself trying to mentally prepare for the cold, dark winter cycling season.

One thing that keeps me motivated is having a new project or bike to explore. Winter gives me the opportunity to pick up something I wouldn't normally ride and give it a try. The main goal in winter is to keep riding a bit, not go for any speed or distance goals.

This year's rendition of winter bike is a 1987 Schwinn Sierra in lovely black chrome. Nice wide tires and relaxed geometry make for a comfy ride. Oh and bar mitts to keep my hands toasty

What is everyone else riding this winter?
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Old 12-12-21, 02:24 PM
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The only motivation I need to keep riding is the bathroom scale and the thought of connecting some bike to my CycleOps... To that end, the Eisentraut has fenders, so it will get winter duty.
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winter isn't quite as bad in the South (52 degree ride today), but I plan to put some miles on this Singletrack recently converted to Drop Bars and my '89 Schwinn Voyageur. Both have wider tires, relaxed geomtry and capable to take some of the gravel paths through woods on those windy days which is adjacent to our local bike trail.



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For commuting, I mostly switch tires from smooth to knobbie:



For road riding, I switch from a 35 to a 32mm tire and add fenders:

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The current winter bike. Mostly lots of rain in these parts, so fenders are pretty mandatory. Although I may end up selling this bike (it's a bit small for me), and moving the fenders to my '75 Raleigh International, making it the new winter bike.

1986 Peugeot PXR80 by John Jones, on Flickr
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I need to mount some fenders on the bike but I plan on using my '92 Trek 950 this winter. I like riding MTBs in the winter. There is plenty of room to run fat tires and when it snows there is plenty of room for studded tires. It's been a mild winter so far so I haven't gotten around to installing the fenders.



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This is my winter bike and sees a fair amount of riding in other times of the year. I have SKS mudguards that just slide on and off. The bike has a “vintage German motorcycle” look with the mudguards. Here it is without.




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Schwinn CrissCross Hybrid for this winter.
Fendered, Dynamo, and Moose Mitts.
Moose Mitts are a must as I suffer from Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome.
Suntour components seem to be up to the task so far.

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Early eighties Peugeot something or other "Junk Bike" converted to single speed...

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Schwinn mountain bike, for sure.


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Seattle has rather mild Winters, and I have multiple pairs of tights.
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Old 12-13-21, 03:33 PM
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"Seattle has rather mild Winters, and I have multiple pairs of tights."..........So does South Carolina, though I only have 4 bikes on the road right now.
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I was out in early December on my regular C&V bike and a guy said "nice winter trainer" as he passed me...

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my shiny go-fast bikes hibernate for the winter, and my touring/utility bike (built by Rich Powers) get subjected to most of the abuse. It has tolerated 20 years of this nonsense and held up quite well....

in nice weather:



and not-so-nice weather:



Steve in Peoria (where we haven't seen any snow so far this December)
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post

Steve in Peoria (where we haven't seen any snow so far this December)
Don’t jinx us…
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Don’t jinx us…
well, I understand the sentiment, but the tornado warnings were fast and furious on Friday evening, so I might welcome a couple of inches of snow.

The pattern around here seems to be to get a decent snowfall in early December, forcing me to put the heavy tires on the bike, but then we don't get more snow until New Year's eve. I'm pretty happy to not have those Continental monster truck tires on the bike just yet. Some of that joy is diminished by December tornadoes, though. Crazy.

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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Seattle has rather mild Winters, and I have multiple pairs of tights.
I'm calling Bull on that, I don't see fenders on any of those.

*shiver* I can not imagine

A. riding fenderless around here,
B. cleaning a bike after riding fenderless with all the muck that gets thrown around this time of year.
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Here’s mine:

















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All my sets of fenders are removable, zero bikes with welded fenders.

As a skier - downhill & x-country - and a hiker on Cougar Mt (my ‘hood) riding on actively wet winter days would be simply silly.

Here’s a pic of my winter cycling shoes. Complete with dry rain drops. Designed for wet days, not sub-freezing temps.


Also bought Endura winter bib tights with a zipper in the front for encouraging longer rides.

Frosty on the deck this am. The ski resorts are OPEN.

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