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Year Round Race Bike riding

Old 10-05-11, 10:54 PM
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Year Round Race Bike riding

This July I bought a Specialized Robaix and figured I would ride my Super Dew hybrid for the winter.
I tried it for a day but sorry me and the lovely Dew are done!
I thought of a Cyclocross, and posted a thread under that forum.But two bikes equals serious dough, and maintenance....so I'm riding the Ruby right through.
I'm on Vancouver Island so Rain, Salt, and Road Muck are my issues.
Any tips on getting my baby through this in one piece would be of interest.
I go at least 50 miles every day no matter what, except for snow that, urp, lasts. Did that last year and I'm using up a lot of luck points
I will keep you folks updated.
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Full Fenders. Make an extra mud flap for the front to keep more gunk off the crank. I don't mind riding my mtn bike on the road in the sloppy stuff.
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Consider some tougher tyres (Krylions, 4 Seasons, Gators, Pavés, etc.), clean your bike obsessively after rides or the salt will wreck the metal parts, keep everything well lubed.

Full guards (fenders) are going to be tricky on a Roubaix I imagine but you should be able to fit Crud Roadracers.

I did the last two winters on my 'good' bike and didn't actually bother to fit guards, but I decided that this year I'd had enough - it's a lot of faff. The thing is that even if you keep things clean externally, the conditions can still kill things like your headset (that happened) and they also did a number on one of my Campy UT bearings.

This year I've got myself a dedicated Ti winter bike with full SKS guards and a big eff-off light to shine the way.
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i ride my race bike, with quarq power meter, all year long. last year i rolled out in december while it was snowing, twice. the 9 loves the rain as well. no worries man, its a tool not a jewel. ride it. later.
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Update on Winter Road Bike Riding

Well its now February and I have some data.
Ive been pretty meticulous on the cleaning,but its still costing.
The wheels are a problem due to abrasion from the muck and brakes. I had to replace the rear stock wheel. Other items were two chains and cassettes, three sets of rear brake pads, a complete set of cables as well as the drive bearings. But, this is after about about five thousand miles so some of it would be regular stuff.
The biggest issue is guilt. Its tough, on a brand new bike, looking down at the drive train, derailleurs etc. on a ride and seeing them coated in crap. But as one of the repliers heartening said with my full agreement "Its a tool, not a Jewel"

Also on a personal note...I finally lost my ongoing game of Automobile Roulette wile holidaying in beautiful Mission Beach, San Diego, Did a space walk via a Toyota windshield, followed by a nice close up tour of Balboa Street pavement. I guess the Robaix just did not want to go back to the Great White North, However it survived and so did I. Helmets Rock Baby!
Any other suggestions or questions on this higher end road bike and winter riding stuff feel free to contact me
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