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Who here rides snow actual inches and hard pack on streats?

Old 02-26-13, 11:08 AM
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Who here rides snow actual inches and hard pack on streats?

Just wondering how many of you still ride when the Weather gets bad? I have road my beater pretty much every day this winter in Denver.
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Old 02-26-13, 11:26 AM
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Streets*

Also, yes. Sometimes.
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My ride is short in winter (only a couple of miles) but so far so good. First time consistently riding in snowpack. Only issue so far is slush build-up on fenders, need to wax the insides of them so they release slush a bit easier.
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Old 02-26-13, 01:33 PM
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FG CX bike with low ratio and steel studded 35c road tires. Can get through some gross stuff that some SUVs and trucks struggle through.

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Old 02-26-13, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
FG CX bike with low ratio and steel studded 35c road tires. Can get through some gross stuff that some SUVs and trucks struggle through.
Similar setup. I think I have a 38 Nokian front, and a 42 Continental winter spike rear. 46-22 fixed.

I ride allllll winter, in winnpeg, on ice, snow, slush whatever. 24km round trip. I ride HARD, son.
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Old 02-26-13, 02:48 PM
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...well, not that hard.
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I do. 48/17 fixed, 700x23 Gators Hardshells, clip-on rear fender, front brake.
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I commuted year 'round in Vermont for two years . . .
In retrospect it sucked, but at the time I didnt think it was a big deal.
I found a fixie with skinny tires to be the best for me after going through a few different types of bikes.
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Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
FG CX bike with low ratio and steel studded 35c road tires. Can get through some gross stuff that some SUVs and trucks struggle through.
I wanted to post something about being in Minneapolis and make myself sound all badass, but I can't beat Duluth.
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Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
Similar setup. I think I have a 38 Nokian front, and a 42 Continental winter spike rear. 46-22 fixed.

I ride allllll winter, in winnpeg, on ice, snow, slush whatever. 24km round trip. I ride HARD, son.
Winnipeg, way cool. I am in Winnipeg this week and am pleasantly surprised by how many people were out riding bikes today.
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I also ride in the snow. Only time I don't is freezing rain. I ride a Kilo WT Fixed 48x17 w/ 700x32 studded CX tires. Front & rear brakes, no fenders (i'm never commuting in work clothes so I see no need).

That being said I rode in today and not back in the storm. I'm on a deadline and can't afford to hurt myself and miss work. Wah-wah.
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Old 02-26-13, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Just wondering how many of you still ride when the Weather gets bad? I have road my beater pretty much every day this winter in Denver.
When I was commuting, I looked forward to riding home in 2-4" of fresh snow.
...and dreaded the ride the next morning, after pedestrians left compressed frozen footprints on the MUPs, and the snowplows had thrown frozen chunks along the edge of the streets.
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We don't get snow.

I ride in the rain though.
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Lol whats snow?
66 deg and sunny today. I think it's winter.
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Kilo WT with 700x32 studded tires is my go-to icy condition bike (46x17). More than a few inches of snow and I switch to a fatbike, too many close calls with ruts, cracks and potholes hidden by snow. Together these allow me to commute/ride year round in Wisconsin.

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46x27, hows that workin out haha

ive been riding single speed coaster brake through the last winter and through this one, just bought my third bike. started with an electroforged '81 schwinn with ashtabulas and 26x1-1/4" tires - 44/18 i think, then went to an '81 schwinn world tourist with 27x 1-1/4" tires, 49/19, now i ride a 70s ron kitching cyclassic with 52/19 gearing. all singlespeed, coaster brake. all ridden through hellish conditions in michigan, every day. all have worked great as long as youre careful. always wishing i had studded tires though. i was gonna make some, but i work like 60 hours a week, so im lazy at home.

switching to fixed in a week, 52x19, 27" rims, 170 cranks, 27x1-1/4" regular road tires. my friend justin rides fixed in the winter with me and i like the feel a lot more than my bike, plus i feel like i lose all the speed i work for on my SS bike where as on justins fixed gear i just feel like i keep going with less effort. and the control of a fixed gear on snow is pretty awesome compared to how sketchy a freewheel can feel on a bunch of ice. im not bull****ting, we'd swap bikes around and stuff cause i was curious about riding fixed and i prefer it in snow/ice over freewheel.

its slippery but that makes it kinda fun to do like 15 foot skids and not have the urge to stop and look at my tire because it was on ice, and didnt wear off any rubber at all. normally, i dont skid at all. unless the ground is like, suuuuper smooth like troweled cement or something. i basically only skid in the winter because it doesnt **** my tire up and im crashing into snow anyway if i biff it.

so yeah, basically riding my bike every day despite the weather. i havent started riding the 11.5mi commute to work yet because my bike's not done yet, but if its still snowing when im done ill try it.

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I do, although a lot of my commuting this winter has been carpooling with the gf.

The bike is 43/18 on 26"x1.95" studded tires, so about 61 gear inches.
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