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Stupid Question about Winter Commuting

Old 12-14-10, 03:20 AM
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Stupid Question about Winter Commuting

So I recetly purchased a Giant Defy 4 (my first road-bike) and while I was browsing through bikes, there was always something about how cyclo-cross bikes are kinda like road bikes, but can be rideen much harder and double up as a winter commuter. Can my bike be a winter commuter? I mean I know I can't use it on snow or ice but surely I can use it everywhere else?
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Old 12-14-10, 03:26 AM
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Try the Winter Cycling forum ...

https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Winter-Cycling
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I used to have a cyclocross bike I bought specifically to use as a commuter. It worked really well for that. I don't know about your particular bike, but some are not designed to take racks which most commuters seem to use. I hauled a change of clothes, lunch, etc. Any bike can be used to commute on, but some will be more comfortable/practical. If you can't use racks, but don't mind carrying a pack then you should be fine. I would just pay attention to weather and decide what you are willing to subject the bike, and yourself, to. I can't afford multiple bikes so I'm not going to ride my CAAD in snow, ice, road salt and grime, etc. Dry and cold is fine though.
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Originally Posted by NeilChhabda View Post
I know I can't use it on snow or ice but surely I can use it everywhere else?
Why not?
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Old 12-14-10, 09:43 AM
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my bad weather commuter is a spec tricross, which has cx geometry but is drilled for fenders and a rack. its a bit heavy for racing so its a great commuter if you like drops and road-ish geometry.

i have two wheelsets for it, one with 25cc gatorskins and one with schwalbe marathon winter studs.
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Old 12-14-10, 10:10 AM
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they should shut the road forum down during the winter months
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I commute on my road bike through the winter and ride the trainer when conditions don't permit (snow and ice).
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they should shut the road forum down during the winter months
But where would our Florida, SoCal, and Texas friends go for forum entertainment?
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they should shut the road forum down during the winter months
+1 - we can't continue to have people asking questions that involve the words: 'winter', 'ice', or 'cold'.
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Road bikes cannot be used in winter except on a trainer/rollers. Much less commuting. I thought this was common knowledge.
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Road bikes cannot be used in winter except on a trainer/rollers. Much less commuting. I thought this was common knowledge.
I must be doing something wrong then..no commuting by bike for me, but I still ride
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I must be doing something wrong then..no commuting by bike for me, but I still ride
You are doing something wrong, your sarcasm detector is broken.
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Old 12-14-10, 11:34 AM
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Road bikes cannot be used in winter except on a trainer/rollers. Much less commuting. I thought this was common knowledge.
Incorrect. You just fill the tubes with anti-freeze and they are fine.
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Originally Posted by NeilChhabda View Post
So I recetly purchased a Giant Defy 4 (my first road-bike) and while I was browsing through bikes, there was always something about how cyclo-cross bikes are kinda like road bikes, but can be rideen much harder and double up as a winter commuter. Can my bike be a winter commuter? I mean I know I can't use it on snow or ice but surely I can use it everywhere else?
Your bike can be used for whatever you use it for -- you won't be capable of riding your road bike too hard.

The only catch with winter riding is you'll get all kinds of gunk and crud on it, so components won't last nearly as long. But bikes are for riding. Don't be the cycling equivalent of people who buy comic books that they wouldn't dream of reading for fear of messing them up.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Incorrect. You just fill the tubes with anti-freeze and they are fine.
Perfect, I had forgotten the oldest trick in the book!
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Old 12-14-10, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Road bikes cannot be used in winter except on a trainer/rollers. Much less commuting. I thought this was common knowledge.
No snow I go!
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Cross frame = clearance for bigger tires.

So yes, they're good for winter. You can throw some studded winter tires on there (assuming your rims are wide enough for the tire) in the winter and keep riding.

If you have dry winters where you live, or a dry period, you can just ride the slicks all year round. Watch out for patches of ice and you'll be fine. Pay special attention to cleaning your drivetrain because road salt is nasty stuff.
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Road bikes cannot be used in winter except on a trainer/rollers. Much less commuting. I thought this was common knowledge.
Not amongst this rabble who dare take their shiny nice bikes to get them dirty...barbarians.
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If you coddle your bike like your pet dog, bring it in and give her a good wash and lube every so often, then you can ride in the winter as long as conditions permit.
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If you coddle your bike like your pet dog, bring it in and give her a good wash and lube every so often, then you can ride in the winter as long as conditions permit.
I feel sorry for your dog...
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I dont know about the Defy 4 but I guess it can't take tires wider than 25mm - they're useless on snow/ice. I've taken it off road on trails but only when I felt experimental and only in summer. For rain riding, fenders are great. My rb used to have race-blade fenders which were ok but eventually worked themselves loose so I got a CX bike with sturdier full-size fenders (and a rack/pannier set).

By far I get more enjoyment riding the rb, but when the conditions turn nasty, I turn to the CX bike. Having said that, I've given winter commuting a little break to see how I fare on the train.
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Old 12-16-10, 05:02 AM
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riding in the snow on a Giant? unpossible!1


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If you coddle your bike like your pet dog, bring it in and give her a good wash and lube every so often, then you can ride in the winter as long as conditions permit.
You lube your dog?
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i ride my TCR until the snow/ice hits. i use a large saddle bag or a messenger bag to bring food/clothes and personally wouldnt run p-clips or anything like that for racks/panniers on carbon. any bike is fine for commuting but it also matters how far the commute is.
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