Thinking of winter pain...

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RC
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Thinking of winter pain...

Postby RC » 18 Apr 2011, 8:16pm

I know, I know, its a bit early but after having to hang up my bike last year and the slow return to fitness this spring, I want to be prepared for the winter commute (this year I came off twice on black ice, bruised thigh and b:m, nice road rash, but no breaks) so this year I want to be prepared. I've bought the winter tyres, now all I need is a bike to put them in ...

1.Its a long round trip (34 miles) 3 times a week
2. So I want a bike with large tyre clearances, preferably at least 35mm with guards
3. Not too overbuilt as I've got some rather large hills to shift it over and a difficult wife if I'm late home, and if I ever go touring I would aim to take as little as possible (so I don't need an expedition style tourer)
4.I prefer drops, and beer
5. Not bothered if discs or not

Any ideas... (frames or complete bikes)?

Cheers!

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby [XAP]Bob » 18 Apr 2011, 8:38pm

RC wrote:I know, I know, its a bit early but after having to hang up my bike last year and the slow return to fitness this spring, I want to be prepared for the winter commute (this year I came off twice on black ice, bruised thigh and b:m, nice road rash, but no breaks) so this year I want to be prepared. I've bought the winter tyres, now all I need is a bike to put them in ...

1.Its a long round trip (34 miles) 3 times a week
2. So I want a bike with large tyre clearances, preferably at least 35mm with guards
3. Not too overbuilt as I've got some rather large hills to shift it over and a difficult wife if I'm late home, and if I ever go touring I would aim to take as little as possible (so I don't need an expedition style tourer)
4.I prefer drops, and beer
5. Not bothered if discs or not

Any ideas... (frames or complete bikes)?

Cheers!


If you are aiming for snow and slush then hub or disc brakes will serve you well.
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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby RC » 18 Apr 2011, 9:37pm

Not against disc brakes etc but not an absolute requirement...

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby uphillbothways » 18 Apr 2011, 9:56pm

What's your budget?

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby horizon » 18 Apr 2011, 11:24pm

So I want a bike with large tyre clearances, preferably at least 35mm with guards


I don't know for sure (because I think you mean 700c) but you may be looking for 38mm at least if by winter tyres you mean studded. For the distance and hills, this means a lighter bike and I am interested to see what people come up with. Do you have the width of the tyres you have bought?
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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby jamesoneil » 19 Apr 2011, 12:46am

Depends how extreme you want to go ;D

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby arc » 19 Apr 2011, 8:01am

I have Surly Cross check which meets all of your requirements. I think it's the most versatile frame set I've owned and use it for commuting, touring and as a winter training bike. A number of people would recommend a fully fledged touring bike instead,

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby random37 » 19 Apr 2011, 8:29am

How about a hybrid? Cheap, light ones available secondhand.

For reliability, perhaps a pair of Sturmey drum brakes too?

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby RC » 19 Apr 2011, 8:02pm

I had thought about the surly (crosscheck) or even the new salsa casseroll, however there are no LBS that stock models these so it would involve a bit of travelling and opinions from forum members...

Tyres schwalbe winter marathon 35 but with studs so I agree looks a bit broader

So budget about 1200 pounds?

Cheers

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby crazydavid » 19 Apr 2011, 9:10pm

I use an old 26 inch wheeled mountain bike when weather turns really nasty. Studded tyres with lowered pressures. A lot slower than my usual bike, but in ice and snow, slow is good.

I put slicks on it for the spring though to autumn and it gets used on the commute if the other one lets me down.

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby random37 » 20 Apr 2011, 5:31pm

RC wrote:I had thought about the surly (crosscheck) or even the new salsa casseroll, however there are no LBS that stock models these so it would involve a bit of travelling and opinions from forum members...

Tyres schwalbe winter marathon 35 but with studs so I agree looks a bit broader

So budget about 1200 pounds?

Cheers

£1200 for your winter bike?

How much was your summer one? :shock:

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Re: Thinking of winter pain...

Postby RC » 20 Apr 2011, 8:41pm

With some cyclescheme assistance!
But I spend a lot of time on my bike, so why not make it something that I enjoy riding?
Surly crosscheck is quite a bit less than this though..