Winter road bikes, lets see them.

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  • Winter road bikes, lets see them.
  • b a c o n
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    There was a good smattering of winter hacks at our club reliability trial today, shame I didn’t have a camera. Saw at least four fixed and three other bikes as well as mine still sporting down tube shifters.

    It was a great route…..could’ve done with a canoe at some points though. Shame I missed you.

    Premier Icon gonetothehills
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    My hugely inspiring Kinesis Tripster. Absolutely love it to bits. It’s not just a winter bike, but the year round commuter, is presently covered in all manner of muck and lord knows what, does thousands of miles a year, never complains and just gives great service.

    umop3pisdn
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    Whereas they speak to me of hard miles in the winter, commitmwent to riding and all the fun I’ve had on those close-knit, joke-laden club runs in the half dark and over the hills.

    I see where you’re coming from. I enjoy the winter training and I’m still out 3 times a week, but looking at winter bikes doesn’t make me want to go ride like proper bike porn does.

    I see where you’re coming from. I enjoy the winter training and I’m still out 3 times a week, but looking at winter bikes doesn’t make me want to go ride like proper bike porn does.

    I find the opposite, “proper bike porn” has me reaching for the credit card to spend on bikes that don’t do very well on a £/mile basis. Winter bikes make me want to plan something completely epic despite crap brakes and 3×6 friction shifters on the downtube!

    I think I might have to build up a third winter bike now, already got a tourer (up there —^), and a singlespeed (barely used), but fancy something racier with more gears, narrower tyres but still with full guards for Sunday club runs.

    oldgit
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    It was a great route…..could’ve done with a canoe at some points though. Shame I missed you.

    Ditto

    What were you riding? I was wearing the Belgians top (prior to setting off in the downpour) and I set off last. I was on that old steel red Italian thing.

    Sam
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    Been getting out on my Osprey quite a bit recently and loving it. Heavy, but so nice and smooth to ride and does just what a winter bike should.

    damitamit
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    My other one, thou it’s a bit too heavy to take the on the club run so it only used for commuting. (plus the alfine gear spacing doesnt work too well in a group).

    Taff
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    Some might say it looks remarkably similar to my summer road bike

    Dyffers
    Member

    Roberts Audax Custom, built for me in 2006, currently used year round for audaxes and when the weather’s poor for club runs and commuting:

    Previous winter bikes (both now sold):

    Roadrat fixed:

    Raleigh fixed:

    Raleigh after respray with some gears (I know, but it was a hack and I didn’t have any other colour tyres, sorry 😳 ):

    Premier Icon cp
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    Here’s mine – frame and fork thanks to coopersport1 – and the rest of the bits from the cellar. It was one of those moments of ‘hang on, with just a frame and fork, I have another bike here!’.

    Just need to fit the guards and pedals, and it’s my grim weather / short road ride blast beastie.

    There’s something pleasing about skinny steel, one gear and narrow tyres 🙂

    Here it is, built up Saturday night which has added the best part of 2kg to it but forgave it when it p!ssed it down on Sundays club ride.

    djglover
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    Picking this up Saturday, guards (black sks) to be added

    damitamit
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    Finished my new mudguards, complete with carbon stays and shower gel bottle flaps.


    Bazz
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    damitamit – which mudguards are those and where from if you don’t mind me asking?

    Premier Icon ctznsmith
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    Damitamit. Hongfu or Dengfu? Plus what does ELRM stand for then? 🙄

    damitamit
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    Bazz, Curana C-Lites with quite a bit of modification to make them fit the tight clearances. The standard mounting hardware is pretty bad – I wouldnt buy them again.

    Ctznsmith, frame was from carbonzone. Decals are vinyl stickers done here.
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    Go on then. Its just the same as my summer one though. Just bought some mudguards for it aswell.

    globalti
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    I’m enjoying this, it rides well, is verrry comfortable and has destroyed my prejudice against aluminium. On road it’s a bit slower than my roadie and off road it whups mountain bikes uphill and on the flat but is hopeless on downhills.

    damitamit
    Member

    oops, double post.

    glasgowdan
    Member

    Anyone want to sell me a built 57-58cm winter bike? I don’t have the inclination to build one but it would be much handier than my current commuter that rattles and clunks it’s way along the road.

    globalti
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    Oops double post also, whassup?

    mrmo
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    I only have one road bike, so i guess that makes it my winter bike?

    damitamit
    Member

    Nice, always loved those Lemonds.

    Merak
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    Damitamit;

    Loving your winter bike, very tidy. Sorely tempted to go plastic for winter too. Love the flaps, pinching that idea for my bike. 🙂

    oldgit
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    Love the flaps, pinching that idea for my bike.

    ‘Muc-Off’ bottle make good ones, just cut them so you loose the M.

    will
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    Love that idea OG, beats my inner tube flaps. Assume it’s easiest just to drill a hole in the guard?

    Up to date pictures of my winter hack/trainer bike. Use it on most solo rides when i don’t have to keep up with anyone. Run it SS not fixed as my knees are shagged enough as it is.
    Stock Langster but with longer stem, different post and saddle, and mavic open sport rims built onto the stock hubs.
    Also some lairy rubino pros which i put on for a bit of a laugh as they matched Asthma UKs colours for a charity ride, but have impressed enough to keep them on.
    Seat nose a bit high in this photo, as i’d just swappped the post/seat over from my other bike and hadn’t got round to setting it up yet.

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    will
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    That saddle angle looks painful!

    Premier Icon cp
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    rusty trowel – what ratio are you running there?

    Premier Icon cp
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    That saddle angle looks painful!

    THIS saddle angle is painful. Not the first time this has happened many miles from home without the 6mm allen key to tighten it up. The seatpost is now in the bin.

    No matter how tight that single bolt is, it always comes loose.

    Saddle angle is ok now, seat tube angle is a bit slacker on this than my geared bike and i hadn’t re-adjusted it yet.

    Gearing is 42×16 which is fairly easy on flat stuff, ok into a headwind and a bit of a grind on steep stuff. Did Bournemouth to Brighton on it in a weekend in May, 140 miles including South Downs and it was really comfy and only leg breaking a couple of times.

    Kato
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    My only road bike. Bought it for riding in the winter though, so I guess it counts

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    No proper pics of the actual bike so this will have to do.
    First generation Specialized Langster.

    It’s been upgraded with WI freehub and BB, Mavic Open Pro on Goldtec hubs and better brakes. The headset got replaced a while ago when the original one died. It’s done just under 60,000 miles now. Fantastic bike. 48:17 gearing.

    zerocool
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    I ride my 07 Bianchi Nirone most days of the year, I don’t see any point in modifying it for the winter as all it’s components are waterproof. Actually I lie, in the winter I tend to only need 1 bidon. never saw the point in mudguards, they just seem to collect sharp things and cause punctures in my experience (also they look lame). A little spray never hurt anyone.

    The GF rides her Madone all year around as well and never had any problems with it being carbon.

    Although I do use a Specialized Langster for my commute when I’m working in Hertfordshire (no need for gears as there are no real hills in Herts) and the only thing that has changed for the winter is tyres with more tread as half my commute is dirt track.

    Tom KP

    eyerideit
    Member

    My winter bike
    My summer bike
    My commuter
    One road bike fits all – well for me anyway

    will
    Member

    Sorry Crazy Legs – 70,000 miles? I don’t know how old that bike is, but assuming 7 years old, even 10,000 winter miles a year is impressive…

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