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What is your winter bike?

Old 10-07-19, 05:37 PM
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What is your winter bike?

As winter approaches I am wondering: for those who ride fixed the rest of the year, will you ride the same bike over the winter? Or will you ride a dedicated winter bike? Or will you swap out some parts for winter? If so, which ones? Is anybody adding brakes?
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Drop bars, 23c slicks, and clipless pedals is no way to roll in the ice and snow. I ride a hybrid with 40mm studded snows when the roads are slippery. If the roads are dry I stick to my normal fixed gear track bike.

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IRO Rob Roy single speed. 35mm knobby tires, canti brakes. Fun for hitting some trails and gravel paths, and perfect for cruising around town when the weather turns.

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My BMX fixie; it has 20x2.11 tires and is fixed at a moderate gearing. I've made sure that it's fully legal (just needs a front light when sun is down).

I plan to continue to do tricks in the winter. A perk with it being a BMX is that if I wipe out due to snow or ice, it would be much easier to bail from—the top bar being so low.

She may not be pretty looking, but she's certainly pretty handy!

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My version of winterizing my single speed was re-installing the chain guard. Just to keep my pants clean in the cool months. There's no real winter down here.
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Here's an old picture of mine at work. I put on studded tires in the winter, but I'm not very courageous when the snow gets deep or the roads get really icy, though.

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I miss AZ.

My current cold weather/winter ride is a 2014 Carbon Strada Velomobile. It's a three wheeler, so I don't mind a little snow. If it gets really sketchy I'll throw some Conti winter tires on the front and a studded rear.

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@Notso_fastLane, That's a very cool ride! I live in West Point and have seen you on the roads, usually when you (and I) are on the way to work at HAFB.
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This summer, I decided to build a dedicated winter bike, so I could keep my nice bikes clean, and not have to fuss with tires every season. The idea is that this bike will live in my back yard behind the compost pile until the salt trucks come out, then will go back there after the spring rains wash the salt away. For my purposes, winter cycling is defined, not by snow but by salt.

The frame is a 1972 Schwinn Varsity. Sure, it's heavy, but I think it only adds a few pounds to the overall bike. The wheels are a series of lucky bargains: Sun CR18 rims on sale for 8 bucks apiece at Niagara Cycle, spokes from Dan's Comp, and a Shimano coaster hub that I got on eBay for a buck. Tires are studded Nokian. Everything else is from my bins. The chain is pre-rusted, from last winter on another bike.

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I need to get fenders on this if I ride in the snow but this is my general slop machine if I am looking for single speed/fixed gear though my parts hybrid is my general winter bike as it has fenders on it.

Also as of note I fixed the bars from that ancient photo and swapped the tires to another set of Challenge Open Tubulars but those are 700x36 Gravel Grinders in black also now have the XT T8000 pedals on it currently because I did a little bikepacking on it and wanted to again ride clipless but had removed those XT pedals in for some plain old flats. Also the front bag from Swift Industries is pretty permanent.

Here is most of the specs aside from the changes listed above:
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With spike tyres when the snow and ice will arrive XD

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