Cycling in cold weather, on snow and ice, in wet weather. Clothing and equipment issues relating to winter.

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Lots of chain slack… Time for a new chain? Bad derailluer?

I got home from a short ride up the street today where there was a lot of clicking and skipping of chain links and when I got home I realized my chain had a ton of slack. After looking around on the ...
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Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?

How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt? Is cornering in snow any different? I usually attempt to keep at least half my weight on the front wheel for stability when ...
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Winter deraillers [closed]

I commute all Winter long on my Winter bike and I realize I don't use many gears. The back derailleur gets jammed with salt, dirt and other debris. I'd like to build a bike with fix gear at the back ...
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Are replacement MTB tire studs compatible between brands

I have a set of nokian gazza extreme studded tires, sometimes replacement studs can be difficult to come by at retail. Are the studs interchangable between brands typically or should I stick to only ...
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Seating of spikes / studded tires

Some (most?) manufacturers recommend running studded tires on pavement for the first miles to facilitate "seating". As my commuting route touches little pavement but woods, I see little chance to do ...
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Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather? [closed]

Most of the road shoes I've found only seem to be rated to around 25° or so. Living in New England I'd like something colder. Does anyone know of road shoes rated for colder temps? (They'll be used ...
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How to prevent shifting issues due to derailleur or cables freezing in cold weather

It's been fluctating in temperature between 0F and 20F in my area. I've been riding my 1x9 geared mountain bike to and from work. However, due to the cold weather, I'm having issues shifting. It ...
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Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding?

Are tubeless mountain bike tire systems appropriate for winter riding in below freezing temperatures? Is there a low temperature limit that I should avoid riding in? Does the cold affect performance ...
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How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires

I have a set of Continental Touring tires with the white reflective stripe on the sidewalls, and they get pretty dirty with road and brake grime. Normally I would clean with car soap and water but ...
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How to guesstimate correct tire pressure in the winter?

I ride a rather generic Merida hardtail mountainbike throughout the year. I don't own a pump with a gauge so I usually pump my tires at gas stations (that have automatic pumps with gauges). The ...
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What width tires will fit on a 1999 Trek Postal?

I'm using my old Trek Postal (5200/5400) as my winter beater. I'd like to test some studded tires, such as the Schwalbe Winter700x30 Wire but I'm not sure if the 30's will fit as the largest I've ...
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27 1 3/8 tires on 27 1 1/4 rims [duplicate]

I have a bike with 27 1 1/4 rims. I plan to buy a pair of Kenda K161 (27 1 3/8) because the roads get really slippery during the winter. Will these tires fit on my rims? I aldo don't want to buy a ...
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Biking in the winter more difficult?

I have two kids (about 70lbs/30kgs combined) whom I during the summer frequently took biking in a trailer (once I got them used to it, say a dozen trips this summer or slightly more). I biked 5+ ...
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How much light is enough for year round commuting?

I used a Cateye Single Shot for 5 years until it died. Now I use a Cateye Single Shot Plus that I picked up on Ebay for $50. It's noticeably brighter than the Single Shot, but with my new commute I'm ...
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How to dress for biking 3 miles to work in 40°F (3°C) and below so not to sweat to much but still keep warm

I bike to work. It's about 3 miles. I live in Minnesota. It is getting cold. When it is like 40 and below I bundle up but I sweat and then I am hot so I lose a layer and then freeze. Should I wear ...
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Widest tire on a 23c rim?

Alright, I've seen this question around the web a bunch but the other questions are always including limitations and restrictions by brakes or fork/frame capabilities... So my question is, what is the ...
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How to relate wind chill, temperature, and cycling

I'm interested in how wind chill and temperature come into play while cycling. If I rode on one day with the temperature at 15°F (-9°C), but the wind chill was 1F (-17°C), how would that relate to a ...
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How to use a vapor barrier with cycling shoes for cold weather riding?

I've heard many people like to use plastic newspaper bags or grocery bags as a vapor barrier when cold weather cycling. I'm already wearing winter cycling boots which prevent outside water ...
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Snow Tire Wraps for Bicycles

In some areas of the world, cars are allowed to use snow chains (or cables) in order to increase traction on ice and snow. This is slightly complicated on bicycles, but has been done. The main ...
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How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?

I've seen posts here about winter cycling, but I live in Winnipeg, where the weather drops to -50C (-58F) and we experience gale force winds. How can I bike in these conditions?
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How to prevent breathing issues during extreme cold

Yesterday I rode to work in -2°F / -19°C temps. When I got to my destination (only about 3.5 miles), my lungs felt terrible. My voice was hoarse and I was coughing a lot. All this despite the fact ...
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Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?

I'm looking to get another pair of glasses for winter commuting. I currently use simple ski googles with my snowboard helmet...the problem is they are tinted. Since it's quite dark for the return, i ...
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Do studded tires make less than ideal railroad crossings worse?

I'm considering getting studded tires, but I'm concerned about a portion of my commute. I go down this road both directions: 39° 40.468', -84° 14.340'. This 2 lane narrow road has 2 railroad ...
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Do merino wool base layers need to be skin tight?

I have bought a Merino wool base layer for all the obvious reasons, they're raved about and have been sworn by by many a rider, and I was getting not only chilly in the winter weather but also wearing ...
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Why is my freewheel slipping?

My freewheel tarted slipping this week. It slips most from a stop with no pressure snapping to significant pressure on the pedals. Slipping may be the wrong term as it really isn't engaging. Once it ...
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Is cornering in snow any different?

The general advice about cornering is to lean the bike, not the body, to put pressure on the outside foot, and not to brake or brake only with the rear brake if absolutely needed. Well, does this ...
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How do I clean my bike in winter?

How or where do I clean my bike in winter? I live in Michigan, USA and winter can be very harsh, along with the added salt used for ice removal. I am not commuting or anything, just occasionally ...
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What tire should I put on my road/commuter bike to prepare for a New York winter?

I have a road/commuter bike (Specialized Tricross) I use for commuting daily in New York City. The roads here can be quite harsh, with everything from leaves and branches to glass and potholes. The ...
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What kind of road tyres should I go for winter commuting? [duplicate]

I currently have kevlar vittorio rubbino tyres on my road bike, but they don't have enough grip for the oncoming uk winter conditions. What level of tyre tread do I need for road commuting on uk ...
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Modifying a bike for winter (on a budget)

I have two bikes, a hybrid commuter with skinny tyres, full mud guards & rim brakes, then I have a 29er hardtail MTB with hydraulic disc brakes and off road tyres. Which would be best, for ...
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Forward thinking for riding through winter

Yes I know it is mid-August and Winter is not here yet, far from it. I am just thinking way forward on how I will be able to do my daily 18 km commute in the Winter weather of Paris (yes, it's not a ...
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How to carry skis on a bike?

I don't have a car and think about biking to ski resorts. So the question is how to carry my XC skis on a bike. Have anyone tried doing this and what was the solution? Thanks.
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How to keep my hydration pack tubes and valve from freezing?

I like to ride with a hydration pack when I mountain bike in the winter since all sorts of nasty stuff gets tossed up at my bottles. However, I've had issues with the tube or valve getting clogged ...
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What should I do about salt in V-brakes?

I've been riding a lot thins winter in spite of unusually snowy, icy, and slushy conditions. While I know how to lube and clean my chain and can deal with other accumulated filth, I'm having trouble ...
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Cold weather chain lube?

My Rock N Roll Gold bike lube seems to get solid or gelatenous when stored on my unheated, but enclosed porch at colder temperatures. Is a chain lubricated with this product still going to be ...
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How to prevent my disc brakes from locking/sticking due to debris?

Context: I have a commuter/crossover bike with disc brakes, and a daily commute of ~20km. I upgraded to a bike with disc brakes after standard caliper brakes kept losing their stick and requiring pad ...
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need cycling eyewear, but fogging is a big problem

I'm commuting in temperatures ranging from -10 to -25C without windchill factored in. I have a typical pair of interchangeable lens wrap around cycling glasses. I find that they, without fail, ...
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How to prevent ice from clogging the cassette?

I've commuted on a bike in winter for 13 years now, but never as far as now, that is 30 km daily. I have a problem which I never experienced before. In temperatures close to 0C and on paths covered ...
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Minimal effort chain cleaning

One of the main reasons I eventually give up my bicycle commute in winter is that keeping my bike -mainly the drivetrain- clean despite all the rain/dirt/salt/hail/snow becomes too much of a time ...
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What are good ways to dry shoes?

I ride through the winter in the Pacific North West and get soaked about every other ride. What are the best way you've found to dry your shoes? I've found that stuffing them with wadded up ...
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Canadian Winter Cycling Apparel

I'm planning in braving the harsh Canadian winter for my daily work commutes via bike. I currently have this nylon jacket, I was wondering if this would be adequate protection? Possibly with an ...
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What can I do to keep my knees warm?

It's getting chilly out there and my knees are starting to hurt from my short commute. I tried layered trousers (thick jeans + windstopper on top), but to no avail - my knees still get cold, while my ...
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I know there are better rain-forecast sources than “hourly forecast” websites. What's the best such source? [closed]

I sometimes wonder about two things: Will it rain in my city? If so, when? Please teach me the best way to find answers. Note: Please don't point me to the local weather services' "hourly ...
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Winter commuting - how to keep warm?

I am interested in what the best ways are to keep your face and feet warm. I saw some shoe covers on amazon, but they all seem to require you to be riding clipless which I do not. I think if I used a ...
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Shimano Sora shifter having trouble in the snow

So today is the first day of snow here in Norway, and I had prepared well for this day. My Giant Cyclocross has new spiked tires and i've done a check on all components, they are ready for the ...
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What are the pros and cons of a Turbo Trainer over Training Rollers?

For the winter, I'm looking to get either a Turbo Trainer (like this one) or Training Rollers (like these) What are the pros and cons of each? I don't think I like the idea of not being able to turn ...
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When to change winter tires for bicycles

At work, we discussed when to change to winter tires for bicycles (and cars). We assumed that temperature was the key factor and I used a program (Mathematica) to check the mean temperature in ...
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V-brakes during winter?

I'm considering some Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires so I can continue commuting to work during the UK winter ( -3°C to +8°C, with some snow and ice). However, I only have V-brakes. Are those brakes ...
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Koga touring bicycle bottom bracket loose, does it need replacing?

I have a 2009 Koga Signature high-end touring bicycle (internal hub gear, hub generator, half-open chainguard, ...). I'm cycling around 100 km/week (8½ km one-way commute) plus trips, so I've probably ...
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Fat or Skinny Tires for Winter Riding?

Fat or Skinny? I think the arguments are as follows: Fat: You can float on top of the snow and you don-t have to go through it. You have a larger contact patch with the ground. Skinny: Will ...