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Old 12-27-17, 11:01 AM   #1251
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Maiden voyage

This was my first ride in the snow on my winter bike. I had the tires studded for a bit now but waited for a good amount of snow to get it out. There was about 8" of snow on the road and the township hadn't plowed yet. Well, it was much more difficult than I thought it would be...I guess the 8" was just too much. It was a short ride but good to get out none-the-less. Next time I'll wait for the plow to go thru. lol

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Old 12-28-17, 07:28 PM   #1252
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Some awesome winter bikes! I just use my mtb, nothing special. For this year I drastically upgraded the lighting which is the best thing ever. Some Amazon cheapie 1600 lumen beast with an external battery pack. I run continental cross kings with the black chili compound, seriously grippy when inflated to 32 psi and still rolls great.
@DQRider that's a gorgeous ride.
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Old 12-29-17, 09:43 AM   #1253
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Some awesome winter bikes! I just use my mtb, nothing special. For this year I drastically upgraded the lighting which is the best thing ever. Some Amazon cheapie 1600 lumen beast with an external battery pack. I run continental cross kings with the black chili compound, seriously grippy when inflated to 32 psi and still rolls great.
@DQRider that's a gorgeous ride.
Well thanks, @GrainBrain, I appreciate that. I really struggled with the thought of using this rare Barracuda for a winter bike, but the fact that the paint finish was in such good shape helped me make the decision to go ahead. As long as I keep it nice and watch for any scratches - and treat them as soon as they appear - it should get through the salty season corrosion-free.

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swapped the Proteks for the 40mm Marathon studs. moved the barmitts from the other bike. so I guess this is my winter bike. test ride in the parking lot & around our condo complex road including an icy hill. it passed muster. too late to go for a ride. I took it easy today cuz of a 36 hr headache





ordered an accessory extension (for the light & sportcam) cuz the barmitts cover up a lot of the bars

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8" of snow on the road and the township hadn't plowed yet. was much more difficult than I thought it would be...lol
yeah deep snow is definitely harder to ride thru than on top of a thin hard layer
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Old 12-31-17, 06:32 AM   #1256
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swapped the Proteks for the 40mm Marathon studs. moved the barmitts from the other bike. so I guess this is my winter bike. test ride in the parking lot & around our condo complex road including an icy hill. it passed muster. too late to go for a ride. I took it easy today cuz of a 36 hr headache





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Rum, I noticed the pic of your tire and wondered about the length of the stud protruding. I followed the instructions on studding a tire and used the #8 self tappers as described in the article. I have 6mm protruding from the surface of my tire. Is that too much?

In your opinion should I snip some of that length down a bit. Now I wonder if too much stud sticking out will make it more difficult for me to peddle...more resistance maybe.

You have a nice set-up there. If I end up liking this winter biking I may have to make some add on accessories to mine. What model Trek is it?

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Old 12-31-17, 04:09 PM   #1257
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Rum, I noticed the pic of your tire and wondered about the length of the stud protruding. I followed the instructions on studding a tire and used the #8 self tappers as described in the article. I have 6mm protruding from the surface of my tire. Is that too much? In your opinion should I snip some of that length down a bit. Now I wonder if too much stud sticking out will make it more difficult for me to peddle...more resistance maybe.You have a nice set-up there. If I end up liking this winter biking I may have to make some add on accessories to mine. What model Trek is it?
the bike is a Trek 7.0 Alpha. pretty darn basic, nothing fancy but reliable. if I have time I'll try to measure how much stud is showing on my tires, do you have a closeup photo of yours? here's what mine looked like w/o any snow embedded (last winter)



and this was on the first ride

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studs and tread are over rated.

Minimal maintenance, however once the salt starts working... IT gets messy mud guards are a very desirable thing to have on a winter bike.
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that's badass but did you stay upright on that?

rode on solid ice covered by several inches of fresh snow today


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that's badass but did you stay upright on that?
I went down once. I got too comfortable and hit an off camber. to be fair I couldn't stand on that off camber either. as in I tried to walk back out onto the road and couldn't

ice absolutely not, but if there is snow laying around, I can ride on it. Snow isn't nearly as slick as people think it is. I also generally ride better on slicks than I do knobs. Knobs really only helps when the sun is out and the snow surface is tacky. (Super rare in Ohio lol)
Edit: Knobs help on deeper snow also. I just find knobs to be slippery when there is just a dusting of snow. Not enough surface contact.
That fresh snow looks SO FUN!!!!
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Old 01-14-18, 07:16 AM   #1261
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First winter fat bike commuter

This is my first winter bike commuting, and I thought I'd try a fat bike. So far, so good. Last week we had a ice storm of sorts and for the last leg of my commute my rear derailleur froze, so I got a chance to try a single speed!
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Nothing special, but here is mine.

A tank of an old GT frame. Fixed gear drivetrain with looowww gearing. Studded tires and the cheapest fenders I could find.

It is very fun to ride.

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Love that old GT frame, I am thinking of doing something similar with an old Schwinn...
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sweet cudda used that Saturday over some nasty hard bumpy ice
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