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I am working on a 900m backyard singletrack at the moment, it needs a bit of work, I gotta make it wider and need to pack the snow harder before I can ride it. Loads of snow today here, gotta wait a bit more... meanwhile, ill shovel the driveway :S
Otherwise a friend who lives 'up north' swears by a 15-20 minute warm up on the rollers, half dressed. Then stepping off, final layers on, then heading out. Doesn't do it for much below zero, but work when it's at or just above freezing.
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It isn't about the OP finding it too cold.
It isn't about the OP not having other things to do in the winter.
In fact, most of the replies in this thread are very removed from the point of the thread, however valid and agreeable they might be.
The thread is about the OP complaining about their bike getting dirty when they ride.
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prendrefeu wrote:Did most people not read this thread or the first post?
If he ski's, bike stays clean
The second part was just some info other might find useful, maybe even the OP. Because if grime is already one reason not to ride, the temp could not be far off being the second
Hydraulic brakes and air forks in winter is even worse.
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Could you please describe the impact of winter conditions on hydraulic brakes? I don't recall that being mentioned in the threads debating their merits.Kasparz wrote:Hydraulic brakes and air forks in winter is even worse.
it's not just drivetrain that suffers, i had a magnesium merida once that after a winter literally broke near BB. so you either clean your bike after EVERY ride, which is painfull but it gets easier with time, and after you figure what and how to wash it takes ~10-15 mins. or you get a winter bike that you throw away after it's all squeaky and rusty
clothes suffer too - all this GORE stuff is great untill few laundrys = few rides. after that the material looses it's qualities significantly - it's not that a great deal if it's dry, but in wet, forget about 'waterproof' anything.
nonetheless, winter cycling is pure fun, my personal best is -20C with clear sunny sky and you really feel 'alive' after such ride. from my experience, even one hour in poor conditions with frozen feet is better (training wise) than half a day of indoor training. as a matter of fact, i dont use my trainer at all. it's a great bike stand for washing a bike though
kkibbler wrote: WW remembers.
HammerTime2 wrote:Could you please describe the impact of winter conditions on hydraulic brakes? I don't recall that being mentioned in the threads debating their merits.Kasparz wrote:Hydraulic brakes and air forks in winter is even worse.
Oil gets too thick, brake levers gets stuck. Probably you want some lower viscosity oil in brakes. At temperatures around 0 my hayes do work fine, but under -10 and hydraulic brakes just doesn't work. It's the same for fork, it gets slow and unresponsible.
GripShifter wrote:just back from 1 hour ride with my 12 yr old son in the snow. He's on a multi gear Pugsley set up with grip shifters so he can wear heavier ( warmer ) gloves and still shift but he was again spinning out a bit with the stock endomorph tire on the rear. My singlespeed Pugsley has 2 Nates for grip so I might put my front on the back for him and replace my front with a Larry. Good times...
Endomorphs suck regardless... I spin mine out occasionally on asphalt and other solid surfaces. The Nates will serve you well! I've been debating between those or some Husker Du's I think the HUDU's will work better in my climate.
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