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Old 11-30-20, 05:33 PM
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Show off your Snowy Commuting Build!

Kudos to those of you who commute on their bike year round - rain shine or snow.

How are you guys equipped for the snow, and commuting in general? Fenders? What sort of tires? Where and how do you usually ride?


I find that I'm getting some really good traction in light soft snow, even with regular urban/road tires. Even once the snow gets deeper, as long as the snow isn't hard packed (from car tires or foot prints) or icy, its really not much of a problem.

I want to hear more about your experiences and how you fare during a snowy commute. How far you have to go and what sort of roads you take, etc.

What sort of tires you guys using?
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1997 Nishiki Blazer MTB, now with drop bars. Full fenders (SKS?) Suomi Nokian W106 studded snow tires 26x 1.75.







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Right now this guy...
I am just riding on some serfras drifters and sks fenders. This is the first "real" snow of the year. for the last couple weeks I have drove to the trail head because I have had to drop off kids at school and its just to cold on the cargo bike for them. so now I am driving to trailhead after drop off and riding in that way. like 8-9 miles of to work that way..




Getting replaced by this guy. waiting on a seatpost and then I will switch over drive train.

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Old 12-01-20, 08:26 AM
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Old 12-01-20, 11:07 AM
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1998 Moots YBB. I find the front and rear suspension to be a real plus when it comes to control on deep snow but especially on packed snow where a rigid fork would just plow into soft spots. The suspension just glides over it.

Fenders are a SKS Shockboard up front and the rear is pieced together from various clip-on fenders that have been zip tied to the bike.

Tires are Kenda studs.



~2000 Dean. I just use knobbies on this one. It’s more for the dry snows that we get here and when I don’t want to deal with the weight of the studded tires.

Fenders are similar to the YBB.



Both bikes are completely Shimano free. Not that Shimano is bad but it’s nice to not have a monoculture.
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that frame... does not look like its designed for the extra ATC length of your suspension fork .
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that frame... does not look like its designed for the extra ATC length of your suspension fork .
It works. Both ride just fine.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
It works. Both ride just fine.
You'd be amazing at how different the bike would feel with a 395mm rigid fork.
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You'd be amazing at how different the bike would feel with a 395mm rigid fork.
No, I wouldn’t. I rode rigid off-road for many years in the early days of mountain biking. When I switched I didn’t look back. I already addressed that in my post. I’ve got more than 40 years of winter riding under my belt. I know what works and what doesn’t.

Rigid isn’t always better.
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You'd be amazing at how different the bike would feel with a 395mm rigid fork.
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This still makes me laugh to this day. I will never hear the end of it.

Youre probably short.
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Hello Cyccommute,
How is your suspension set up for this- "I find the front and rear suspension to be a real plus when it comes to control on deep snow but especially on packed snow where a rigid fork would just plow into soft spots. The suspension just glides over it."
Just wondering is suspension firm or soft? I ride snowmobile trails in winter (usually hard packed snow) and run into this plowing into the soft spots, Looks like another project.
Thanks for the insight.
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Hello Cyccommute,
How is your suspension set up for this- "I find the front and rear suspension to be a real plus when it comes to control on deep snow but especially on packed snow where a rigid fork would just plow into soft spots. The suspension just glides over it."
Just wondering is suspension firm or soft? I ride snowmobile trails in winter (usually hard packed snow) and run into this plowing into the soft spots, Looks like another project.
Thanks for the insight.
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Mine is an air fork for the front. Itís set up appropriately for my weight for off-road use. The rear suspension on my Moots is a firm spring (red). If I use my specialized epic, itís set up similarly to the fork.

To be clear, the snow Iím talking about is snow on pavement. Snow on snow is a different kind of animal.
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I can't post pictures, but count me in the Suomi W106 crowd. I settled on 700x35. They are on my most frequently used bike, a fixed gear Kilo WT. For a long time I made do with regular tires, but I had one too many encounters with black ice. I've stayed on two wheels ever since. Other mods include PDW Full Metal Fenders and a rear rack.

The roads are marginally maintained county roads. If I am feeling frisky, I might hop over to a nearby MUP to add a couple extra miles and see if its conditions are less treacherous than the roads
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Here's my Winter ride. Got her yesterday - Jamis Commuter 1. Other than V-brakes and that 'stache handlebar, the bike's great for Winter. That's the first bike I've ever owned with fenders and I'm learning that having them on my bike does keep my wardrobe dry. For riders with V-brakes, what are your secrets for keeping the front brake from squeaking? I have to gently brake or else the dogs will be barking.
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I have two winter bikes.

The first is a 2002 Giant Boulder that I converted to a full-time winter bike in 2009. It has fenders, studded tires and bar mitts, along with rust on every non-aluminum part as the result of more than a decade of riding on salted roads. It was my only winter commuter until two winters ago. Now it only sees use on really icy days when I need the studded tires, and on crazy cold days (less than -10įF) where I do a split commute and ride to the bus stop, catch the bus for a few miles, then complete the ride to work.




The other winter bike is a 2019 Salsa Mukluk. My old winter bike is really showing its age, so I decided to give a fat bike a try. I added a rear fender, front splash guard and bar mitts. Since I got it I've wound up riding this bike about 95% of the time during the winter. No studded tires, but it does pretty good on the icy spots if I drop the tire pressure and ride with some common sense. It really handles the ruts in the snow made by cars well, which is something my other winter bike didn't do.
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