Winter bikes

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jezer
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Winter bikes

Postby jezer » 11 Oct 2016, 6:40pm

It's that time again. I serviced my winter bike today. Nice leisurely miles to look forward to.
Power to the pedals

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Annoying Twit » 11 Oct 2016, 7:08pm

What is the reasoning behind winter bikes? Just a cheaper bike so tht the weather conditions don't cause wear on the primary bike, or something more than that?

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Flinders » 11 Oct 2016, 7:18pm

Some people I know have a winter one with mudguards and other bits and pieces they don't bother with in the summer, maybe a rack for a pack for warmer things if needed etc.

I keep the same one all year, but then I don't care about weight and don't like muddy stripes up my back even in the warmer weather. :wink:

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby drossall » 11 Oct 2016, 7:24pm

Yes, protects the good bike for the summer. Less of a concern if you can afford new bikes regularly, and don't like mudguards...

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby landsurfer » 11 Oct 2016, 7:30pm

TREK 1.1 alloy and carbon forked pretty toy. May to September, all rides and events.
BTwin alloy and steel go every where, get dirty, wet and carry stuff. September to May.
Summer bike has a seat bag, with spares, chocolate and cash,(£8).
Winter bike has mudguards, spare clothes, Trangia, stuff various....pasta and sauce packet meals, and more stuff ....
Horses for courses .......
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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Threevok » 11 Oct 2016, 7:41pm

Summer bike is a minimalistic single-speed steel mtb with silcker tyres, no water bottle cages, or mudguards, etc

Winter bike is my usual mud-plugger - a 3x10 alloy mtb with more aggressive tyres - but with mudguards, lights, saddle bag, bottle cages etc

However - after changing to studded tyres - the summer bike becomes my "short notice" Ice/snow-mobile commuter

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby roubaixtuesday » 11 Oct 2016, 7:46pm

What a "winter" bike is depends on the user, I think. Probably the only common denominator is mudguards?

I have a "winter" bike with rack, mudguards, p resistant tyres, flat/spd pedals. It's also my riding with the family bike, going to the shops bike, wet summer commuting bike, maybe some light touring if I ever get the chance bike.

My "summer" bike has look pedals, and none of the above.

The "winter" bike is more practical, and would be perfectly adequate as my only bike, though it's nice to have the summer as a spare in case of grave mechanicals.

My summer bike brings me joy every time I sit upon it :-)

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Phil_Chadwick » 11 Oct 2016, 10:42pm

Winter bike has serious lights, fatter tyres, no rim brakes (disc + drum), bigger mudguards, bigger clearances and generally cheaper components that i don't mind getting wrecked by salt and 3 months of mud & crud.

About the middle of March i usually throw away the chain & fixed sprocket and take a hard look at the chainring.

Summer bikes are kept well away from salt etc.
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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Phil_Chadwick » 11 Oct 2016, 10:45pm

The other issue is reliability

I don't much mind changing a tube or fettling something mechanical at the roadside in June.

On a sleeting January night in the pitch black - no thanks.

So the winter bike is built to be bomb-proof, with tougher tyres and nothing that needs tender loving care to keep running nicely.

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby gbnz » 12 Oct 2016, 8:12am

jezer wrote:It's that time again. I serviced my winter bike today. Nice leisurely miles to look forward to.


Same here. A couple of hours fitting reflectors (Wheels, pedals, rear and front), lights and a general look over to ensure it's in good working order. Just to need to sort out a front mudguard arrangement. Though haven't bothered fitting the dynamo and dynamo lights (My commute currently being 1.5 miles, as opposed to former 3-26 miles on unlit country roads.

Summer bikes washed down and awaiting a basic check over / service

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby pwa » 12 Oct 2016, 8:55am

Until the late 1990s I used to make do with one bike for everything. All the day to day stuff, commuting, day rides and tours. It kind of worked, but eventually I treated myself to a second, posher bike that wouldn't do heavily laden touring but would do all the lighter road stuff. Since then I have had a good sturdy tourer for touring, commuting and leisure rides on the lanes in all sorts of weather. And a second, posher audax style bike for audax and for "special" rides. The posher bike is always kept clean and with everything working perfectly. The tourer is used much more and is usually less clean and I don't stress about minor gear changing problems. Initially there is an extra cost to having the posher bike. Obviously. But after that there is no additional cost because I can only ride one bike at a time and I can only wear down one set of tyres or one chain at a time. My "winter" bike is actually used all year round and probably gets three or four times the use of the posher bike.

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Vorpal » 12 Oct 2016, 9:09am

Annoying Twit wrote:What is the reasoning behind winter bikes? Just a cheaper bike so that the weather conditions don't cause wear on the primary bike, or something more than that?

My winter bike has
-a 7 speed drive train which is less sensitive to winter gunk and salt from the roads
-room for studded tyres

I dont want my best bike out in the winter because winter is harder on the bikes, but even so, things go wrong more often in the winter, and it's good to have a second bike.

another reason is that some people either donæt have mudguards, or don't have full mudguards on their summer bike, but they do on their winter bike.
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Re: Winter bikes

Postby mig » 12 Oct 2016, 9:20am

winter bikes have to be fixed gear. c'mon everyone knows that!!

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby Brucey » 12 Oct 2016, 9:25am

mig wrote:winter bikes have to be fixed gear.....


or (IMHO) an IGH...?

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Re: Winter bikes

Postby mig » 12 Oct 2016, 11:17am

och come off it..!! :wink:

whilst i like hooning around in summer evenings on lightweight kit as much as the next rider there is something about winter miles that attracts me. i can't quite put my finger on what it is though. that said - here's hoping for a relatively dry and mild one!!