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Started 1 year, 11 months ago ago by velomel
Latest reply from Michrider 1 year, 9 months ago ago

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  • I saw snow flurries today here in Minneapolis. Time to think about switching gears and prepare for winter riding.
    Last year was my first year of riding through the winter. I purchased a pair of studded tires and got some better clothes for the elements. I had a great winter season riding outside. Sure beats riding around the basement.

    Any other Nanooks out there? Tips? Tricks? Recommendations?

    Mel


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #356333

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  • I found a few years back it can get to cold, at around -30 the greese can gel when you stop for a light. Since Matt at the shop had done Iditabike he knew all about it, a different grease was needed.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #356338

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  • Bikes Direct has a bike I’m very intrigued with for winter/urban cycling. It’s a 29er single speed with rigid fork and disc brakes. What I have thought of doing is replacing the real wheel with one that has a 3 speed internal SRAM hub, so you would at least have some gear options. The SRAM shifter, unlike Shimano’s, is inside the hub, so it’s not exposed to the elements. I thought about maybe getting a coaster brake version but decided against it after reading Sheldon Brown’s (B.I.P.) article against coasters. I put an ad in Craig’s here in Denver and got a few responses from some guys who build wheels. Might just get it and try the SS, but I do like having at least a few gears.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #356454

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  • velomel:

    Any other Nanooks out there? Tips? Tricks? Recommendations?

    Mel, I am impressed by any year ’round rider in your neck of the woods. We just got our first snow here in Colorado today, so the time is definitely coming. I like riding in the winter, but I start wimping out when the temperature gets down into the teens.

    My only advice, which you probably already know, is to dress by the thermometer, not by “feel”. Learn what clothes you need for a given temperature range and go by that. I also carry both CO2 and a pump during the winter. I like the CO2 because it’s fast, but the pump is for insurance in case I fumble the CO2 or have two flats in a single ride (yes, it’s happened).

    My single best “find” in winter clothing is the Gore balaclava:

    http://www.goreapparel.com/GORE-BIKE-WEAR%C2%AE-UNIVERSAL-WINDSTOPPER%C2%AE-Balaclava/ABALAS,default,pd.html?dwvar_ABALAS_color=9900&start=9&cgid=gbw-men-geartype-accessories

    I had a dickens of a time with other face coverings because they fogged up if you tried to wear them over your mouth. This balaclava has holes for your mouth and nose so your breath doesn’t go up behind your glasses.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #357129

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  • Hi,

    I’m in Saint Paul/Mpls as well.

    -Climitts go over straight bars to protect your hands (plus wool glooves).

    -Sandals over wool socks tend to be warmer than tight shoes when you use thick socks

    -Slowing down helps reduce windchill.

    -Good lights

    -Knowing that studded tires helps mostly on patches of ice, not so much when there is snow on the road.

    -If going on three wheels, a delta trike tends to have more traction than a tadpole.

    -Have fun and carry on!


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #358051

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  • As Paul notes, winter riding means riding at night for most of us. Please forgive me for indulging in a very small act of commercialism on this topic:

    http://amoebalight.blogspot.com/

    These lights are built and sold by a cyclist in Denver. He does this mostly as a hobby in his basement. I have no association with him other than as a satisfied customer. I find the combination of brightness, cost, and small size to be unbeatable. They are so small you can comfortably wear both the battery and light on your helmet without fussing with a cord hanging down your back. I used one last winter on my helmet and plan to get another one this year for the bar. I think it’s handy to have two lights: one on the bar to illuminate where you’re going, and one on your helmet to illuminate where you’re looking. If you’re in need of a good light this year, I’d advise at least contacting this guy to see what he has to offer. He hasn’t got a fancy commercial site – just email him and he’ll send you all the details. He’s always working on and improving his lights so what you see on the blog isn’t necessarily his latest and greatest.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #358828

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  • Good lighting is indeed important in winter cycling.

    I use a Busch & Muller IQ Cyo attached to a Shimano DH-3N72 Dyno hub. Very bright and I don’t have to worry about charging\replacing batteries.

    In fact, The first time I took this setup out for a ride, I actually looked behind me thinking there was a car aproaching! I had to fine tune the aim of the light because I had a few motorists flash their high beams at me.

    I plan on getting a tailight that can run off of this setup. I haven’t been able to find a dyno tail light that has a flash setting. Most of the dyno light manufacturers are in Germany and flashing tail lights are illegal in Germany.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #359048

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  • velomel:

    I use a Busch & Muller IQ Cyo attached to a Shimano DH-3N72 Dyno hub. Very bright and I don’t have to worry about charging\replacing batteries.

    This is brilliant! I did some reading on these hubs and others, and they seem very impressive in terms of quality and low resistance. I’ve apparently been living in a cave and wasn’t aware that dyno hubs this good were available. Thanks for the tip.

    I have a question, though – what’s the minimum speed at which they start working well enough for good illumination? I might be interested in using one on my mountain bike and there are times when you’re slogging up a steep trail or negotiating a tricky spot at 2 MPH or so. Would it maintain usable light at that speed? It wouldn’t have to be very bright, but I’d hate to have it go completely dark in the middle of a tricky downhill bend.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #359221

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  • I run either a Son dynohub or a BM bottle generator depending on the bike I ride.

    Both get you full lights at low speeds (3-5 MPH). Just use a LED light with standlight (a capacitor in it keeps the light on for a bit when you stop).

    The bottle generator has some drag, requires a tire with a sidewall that has provision for the roller, has to be adjusted just right, and has to have a wire roller for wet days.

    With that said, the sidewall setup and LED light and tailight are cheap to buy compared to the Dynohub. It also was a bolt on for my ICE trike while the dynohub was not.

    The Dynohub is sweet. Peter White bikes has all the info and parts to drool over.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #359366

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  • Oops, I forgot to mention probably the first thing to buy for winter riding (or regular commuting/errands)…. Fenders. I know they don’t sound very cool or sexy but having them on makes it much more likely to use the bike on icky days rather than giving in and driving the car.


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    Posted 1 year, 11 months ago ago #360919

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  • Winter has finally struck my little section of Kain-tucky!!! Thankfully, it’s not as cold here as in Iowa! DAMN, I hate cold & snow!!! However, what I hate worse is waiting for great riding weather. It could be April before we get consistent warmer weather. I stopped riding about the end of October, just needed a change of pace. I guess it’s time to dig out my winter riding gear and get my butt on the road! If the roads are clear, I’ll start riding next week!


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