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Frozen cables happen because you've got moisture in the cable and housings. This can happen fairly often if you bring your bike inside after they've been wet and then have it back out long enough for that moisture to freeze. Two things can help. First, make sure your housing covers as much of the cables as possible. Second, use a cable lubricant, which ...


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Frequently lubing your components (especially your chain) is crucial in cold weather. Lube (which won't freeze) pushes out water (which does). Besides the protection against freezing, it also will help extend the life of your components even in the face of sand, salt, and gravel debris from cities deicing the roads. Fenders with mud flaps are useful as well, ...


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Very timely question. A cold winter (we have lowest -28°C here) is a big test for any fork. The third winter I rode a bike, since my fork is not cheap, I decided to temporarily change it to a cheap rigid fork (it can even be used). Last winter my fork was freezing every ride so I can imagine how much the fork is experiencing every ...


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Well it needs to be pretty cold, but it can happen. It's really up to you. Personally I don't use suspension out of the trails. You might want to use a suspension if the road you use is particularly bad. Fork oil properties will change with the cold. So if you live in a place where it gets seriously cold, you might want to look into an oil that's more ...


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Ice wax definitely helps. I switched to a bottle of Pedro's Ice Wax 2.0 this winter, and haven't had a freeze-up yet. I hadn't tried peeing on the cassette. My ride may be a little too public for that...


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Disclaimer: I used to design and sell after market suspension parts for proflex bikes There are three main strategies for the "spring" in fork suspension coil spring elastomer stack inert gas, e.g. air or sometimes something fancier. Nowadays all springs are dampened somehow either by using oil, negative air (opposing force on the spring) friction ...


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To add to what Stephen said, I would use a wet lube as opposed to a dry lube.


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Winterize your freehub body. This kind of failure is common in colder temperatures and a hub acting like this should not be ridden. In addition to the safety issue, you can destroy your freehub with partial engagement. The freehub needs to be disassembled, the factory grease cleaned out of it and regreased with a winter weight grease.


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I don't know how to stop it freezing, but if I whack the right chain stay hard with my heel it is normally enough to get the pawls to engage and get me going again.


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You can apply some multi-purpose lubricant on the uppers and top seals. This will keep it from freezing up, help prevent it from getting damaged and will help keep moisture out.



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