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AndyD2574AndyD2574 Posts: 1,034
edited February 2010 in The bottom bracket
How many of you have a winter bike?

If budget allowed I would have a second bike to keep my cervelo nice but budget wont allow.
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  • AndyD2574 wrote:
    How many of you have a winter bike?

    If budget allowed I would have a second bike to keep my cervelo nice but budget wont allow.

    Its much easier on the budget to replace a chain, cassette and cables in the spring and you have the pleaseure of a nice bike all year. Maybe a cheaper set of wheels / tyres but ive given up on the winter bike, it costs to maintain them unless winter bike means grotty pile of unloved cack.
  • this is my winter bike - stock fuji track (retails about £350) - added breaks & levers - bottle cage with pump / tube / tools stuffed in it

    perfect for bashing around on roads with grit, mud & oomska through the winter -

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  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,258
    I have a winter bike, it's stuck in a shed on the other side of the country, my CAAD9 is coping well through winter.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,708
    Mine...

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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,689
    This is mine. A mid 90s Peugeot frame with 10sp Campag Veloce. I wouldn't have gone so far, but in summer my dad borrows it. It's really heavy so I'm looking for an alluminium frame for next winter.

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  • Chip \'oylerChip \'oyler Posts: 2,324
    hopper1 wrote:
    Mine...

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    :wink:

    Hopper - that is the perfect Winter bike. Full mudguards and a frame that doesn't rust. Chapeau.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,689
    Hopper - that is the perfect Winter bike. Full mudguards and a frame that doesn't rust. Chapeau.

    I agree. Nice bike, pal.
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  • bobtbuilderbobtbuilder Posts: 2,058
    Mine is my old Summer bike (Trek Madone) as I now have a nice shiny Orbea Orca for my Summer steed. :D
  • [Tim][Tim] Posts: 64
    Having ridden all of last winter on a shiny new Cervelo S1 I managed to sort the funds for a turbo and a winter bike this year so the cervelo is in the living room in race setup and £80s worth of 1994 Dawes Galaxy (Reynolds 531 frame & Shimano 105) is taking me out for 4-6 hours a weekdend. It's great, less cleaning and fettling than the cervelo, strong wheels (36 spokes, 105 hubs, mavic rims) and means I can turbo too.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,708
    Hopper - that is the perfect Winter bike. Full mudguards and a frame that doesn't rust. Chapeau.
    Ben6899 wrote:
    I agree. Nice bike, pal.

    Thank you, gentlemen. :wink:

    It's had a couple of upgrades, too! Need to get the camera out again.. :wink:
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  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I ride a sh!tty ribble. Seriously considering a cross bike bike to replace it though.
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  • andy162andy162 Posts: 656
    edited January 2010
    Hey Red, don't diss the Ribble! ( this is odd I know ) ... but ... I would rather have my Ribble ( tiagra build...damn the expense) than Hoppers beauty.

    I just couldn't put a lovely shiny V.N/6700 through the worst of our salty sh1te. I'd feel bad, plus I'd have to fastidiously clean it after every ride. I know the frame will never ever rot but it's TOO nice.

    Anyway Ribbles deserved to be punished, for everyone who didn't get their bikes on time/phone calls returned(ahem). It's cleaned very occasionally, has paint missing where it's been in/out of turbo & it never complaints.

    Anyhow I've got a spangly Addict R1 tucked away & the Ribble makes that feel better than it probably is.
  • markos1963markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    hopper1 wrote:
    Hopper - that is the perfect Winter bike. Full mudguards and a frame that doesn't rust. Chapeau.
    Ben6899 wrote:
    I agree. Nice bike, pal.

    Thank you, gentlemen. :wink:

    It's had a couple of upgrades, too! Need to get the camera out again.. :wink:

    And some puncture proof tyres! :wink:
  • freehub wrote:
    I have a winter bike, it's stuck in a shed on the other side of the country, my CAAD9 is coping well through winter.

    that Caad 9 is probably one of the best frames out there at a price thats affordable, i dont know what groupset / wheels youve stuck on there but the frame will last perfectly well with a wash every now and again. If youve got it ride it and enjoy it
  • [Tim] wrote:
    Having ridden all of last winter on a shiny new Cervelo S1 I managed to sort the funds for a turbo and a winter bike this year so the cervelo is in the living room in race setup and £80s worth of 1994 Dawes Galaxy (Reynolds 531 frame & Shimano 105) is taking me out for 4-6 hours a weekdend. It's great, less cleaning and fettling than the cervelo, strong wheels (36 spokes, 105 hubs, mavic rims) and means I can turbo too.

    why couldnt you turbo with the cervelo?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    My winter bike is a Scott Speedster S50 with Sora, Shimano RS 10 wheels and lights. It was my first road bike, but it was re-assigned when I got my Litespeed.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,689
    Front mech on my winter bike threw a fit this afternoon - luckily I was a only a mile from home so with the roads being "sans crud", I turned round and went out on the Felt.

    Really need to fix the mech tomorrow morning - it seems totally seized (?) half way between the 34 and 50... No idea how, it's maintained and we haven't had any freezing nights lately. Anyway it's had a drop of WD40 to see if that helps!

    Ben

    PS. in case they read these forums; thanks to the fellow roadies who offered to help on Moor Lane just outside Darrington. We're a friendly bunch us roadies, but we tend to get a bad press!
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  • I do, I use my 'old' 5yo Monoc TC2 with Campag G3's and Veloce. It was my only bike but I now have a best bike. Ok I now have a best bike, TT bike, SS pompino, cyclocross too. :D
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  • I think part of the joy of winter bikes is that they should less than beautiful performance machines. That way not only do you not care too much about any salt, crash or whatever damage but you also then really notice the positive difference when spring comes around and you climb aboard your summer bike.
  • 3 club mates whipped my censored weekend on real bangers. one with panniers. :oops:
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  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,609
    I have a commter/ single speed and a proper bike for long distance stuff. The type of ride dictates which bike I pick, not the season - thanks to Crud guards. In short, no I don't have a winter bike.
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  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,708
    markos1963 wrote:
    hopper1 wrote:
    Hopper - that is the perfect Winter bike. Full mudguards and a frame that doesn't rust. Chapeau.
    Ben6899 wrote:
    I agree. Nice bike, pal.

    Thank you, gentlemen. :wink:

    It's had a couple of upgrades, too! Need to get the camera out again.. :wink:

    And some puncture proof tyres! :wink:

    Ouch!!! I tightened all my valve inserts. B*stard things :evil:
    I may well see you in the morning, if the snow's gone. :wink:
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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,163
    I'm riding a Giant 1.5 over winter and on the turbo. Wasn't bought as a winter bike but I upgraded to a Focus Cayo last summer so the Giant has been relegated to commuting and winter slogs.
  • bagpusscpbagpusscp Posts: 2,907
    My 20 year old hack.£50 out the local paper about five years ago.Ridden every winter and $hitty day since and dropped twice this winter. :oops:
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    Parts replaced from my large supply of old components as they are worn out.As I am a big sod the 52/42 is becoming hard work :roll:
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  • a_n_ta_n_t Posts: 2,011
    andy162 wrote:
    Hey Red, don't diss the Ribble!

    +1. Cant fault mine!
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  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I've decided the Ribble is going to be relegated to commuting duties (at least it will when I start commuting again).

    In a couple of weeks I'm going to build up a "new" carbon winter bike when all the bits come.
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  • I used to have a brown 1989 carrera mondiale 2 for winter, but yesterday i washed it and it turned out to be red

    runs on tiagra, never misses a beat, makes me wonder why my dura ace is worth the extra money :lol:
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  • AndyD2574AndyD2574 Posts: 1,034
    When I got my Cervelo RS I 'traded in' my Merida Road Ride 903 at my LBS...........think I might get it back and use as my training bike to keep my RS sweet.

    Its got full Tiagra but weighs in at about 20 lbs........suppose pushing teh extra weight will help me when I jump onto the Cervelo??
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  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    Hopper - that bike is a bit too sexy to be a winter bike surely!?

    Like others my winter bike is my relegated road bike when I got a new one. Luckily I can fit full mudguards on it so it does the job perfectly well Trek Pilot 1.0, mixture of Sora/ Tiagra and Mavic Aksium wheels.
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