- Winter road bikes, lets see them.
- b a c o nMember
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.Posted 5 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
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.
Posted 5 years agoumop3pisdnMember
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.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
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.Posted 5 years agoDyffersMember
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):
Raleigh after respray with some gears (I know, but it was a hack and I didn’t have any other colour tyres, sorry 😳 ):Posted 5 years ago
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 🙂
Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.rusty trowelMember
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.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
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.Posted 5 years agozerocoolMember
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 KPPosted 5 years ago
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