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

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Does washing the bike (not the drivetrain) actually prolong the life of any components?

Common wisdom dictates that bikes, especially those used in the rain or in the winter, should be washed frequently to prolong component life, but I honestly cannot see how. I am aware of the following:...
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Is a fatbike easy to keep upright in uneven melting slush?

There's one condition that bicycles with typical tire widths don't handle well: uneven melting slush. This generally happens in spring, when snow is melting. On a road that hasn't been plowed often ...
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what considerations for safe storage/use of electronics in cold weather?

If touring in coldish weather (UK, circa 0degC), electronic equipment will get cold. How best to ensure everything continues to function? Dynamo lighting should presumably be largely unaffected by ...
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Why do my hands sweat while biking yet are not warm?

I wear mittens in the winter months and generally have cold hands. I would generally say that my hands are 'okay', not warm and comfortable, but not painfully cold or numb. The same goes for my feet, ...
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How to dress properly for winter weather riding?

I have primarily 3 questions: Is wearing a ski helmet a bad idea for winter weather bike riding? Is it possible or likely that while I feel warm primarily due to my head being warm, that my core ...
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Storing the bicycles in the garden shed during the winter

I have been storing my bicycles in the garden shed practically all year. However, during the winter (in central Europe), I was always wondering whether winter could leave any consequences for my bikes....
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Fixing a winter tire with poking studs using tube patches. Will it work?

My rear tire, a Schwalbe Marathon winter K-guard 120 studs, had some studs poking through the inner casing of the tire after approximately 1300km/1 winter season. It happened on two separate occasions ...
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57mm or 65mm winter studded tyres for my MTB commuter?

I'm an averagely built rider weighing ~85kg living in a middle-sized town in west Germany. Up until recently the only bike I had was a 46/16 single speed on 28mm tyres. It was used for both commute ...
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Prepping for winter riding: Hills

This isn't necessarily a gear question, as there's myriad articles & arguments over the best tires, pressure, brake pads, etc. Rather, I consider it more of a technique question. My daily commute ...
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Winter foot warmers for toe strap users?

I've used toe straps on my old Reynolds 531 bike for many years and prefer to use these over cleats. However, as I'm getting older I find my feet getting cold in the winter. Can anyone recommend some ...
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Are wider tires better on ice?

Assuming there are no studs, would a wider tire be safer on tarmac with pockets of ice? How does also the profile or other features of the tire impact this?
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Why don't my studded tyres grip on ice?

For the first time in my life, I have had stud tyres installed on my bicycle, because I've nearly killed myself bicycling the last few winters, no matter how slowly and carefully I go. It seems like ...
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Can I engineer a heat suit for cold weather riding?

I'm asking more for my motorcycle, but I do have a MTB as well. Wondering if I can engineer a 'heat suit' - electric gloves, insoles and vest to make winter riding possible. If so, does anyone have ...
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Why are there no snow chains for bicycles?

My last bicycle trip was a complete nightmare. Snow and ice everywhere, with no plowing anywhere. It made me re-realize what I already became all too familiar with last winter: it's a scary nightmare ...
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Sub-zero cycling water bottles that fit regular cages

What winter cycling water bottle designs have been produced that enable a cyclist who rode two hours in sub-zero (°C) temperatures to drink without finding that the spout, or the entire bottle, froze? ...
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Are winter tires (with studs) safe to use in summer-like conditions?

The climate where I live is such that you may get snow or even true ice one day, but it will be dry gravel and tarmac on another. I understand that winter tires would not be ideal on these, but ...
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Can a fatbike cross frozen car tire ruts without slipping?

I'm investigating winter commuting options (it's never too early to start thinking about next winter...). I'd love to keep biking in the winter, but I've had some scary experiences falling on ice, ...
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What caused all my chain links to become stiff after a month in a tent despite having been cleaned and lubed beforehand?

I've left my winter road bike outside in a bike tent for about a month (winter, UK). I noticed that pretty much all links are stiff and the chain is slightly rusted, making it impossible to use. Some ...
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Why do they not sell bicycles with four wheels?

In the summertime, and Fall/Autumn, and Spring, my normal, two-wheeled bicycle works perfectly well. But then there's Winter. What is normally friendly, non-slippery asphalt and grainy forest paths ...
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Should I be concerned if the seat spring is a bit loose?

Hard to see or even photograph but as is in common in road bikes in Japan the bicycle seat is supported by one/two springs on a hole. It is cold now about -5C to 5C and the seat now moves up when ...
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What is a good grip material for heat insulation?

As mentioned here earlier, an alloy handlebar works like a heatsink. Even with nicely padded pogies and with lobster gloves, silicone grips do a lousy job of insulating the heat. They slowly transfer ...
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What conditions are studless winter tires good in?

We're coming up on the time of year when the roads freeze overnight and thaw for the day, and studded tires are irritatingly loud on bare pavement. Because of this I'm thinking of getting the studless,...
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Flexibility of exchanges between 700c and 29″, and between 650b and 27.5″

TL;DR How do I explain to a budding cycling enthusiast the flexibility afforded by switching tires between 700c and 29″, and between 650b and 27.5″ wheels/tires? Rather than let the nice folks ...
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What is the smallest collection of bikes to maintain for these three types of snowed over paths?

Selecting the kind of bike to ride depends perhaps a bit too much on context—how much snow, whether and how quickly the snow is plowed, etc. Last winter I've taken the road bike on trails soon after ...
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Why bother maintaining a road bike for summer and a mountain bike for winter rather than two complete sets of wheels (as with cars) on a cyclocross?

With cars, and above a certain latitude, it's common to own one set of wheels (with fancy/light rims) for summer and another set (with ugly/heavy rims) for winter. So far I stop cycling from mid-...
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Styles of Shoe Covers for Colder Weather

After getting this pair of shoe covers, I'm wondering whether this style of closure (zipper behind the foot) is reasonable. I suspect that after the inevitable bit of walking on grass and asphalt, ...
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Should I replace my 10000km Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour with a 2000km Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus?

Background I have one Schwalbe Marathin Winter Plus tire that is in good condition (used for 2000km, 10 months old). Below the winter tire with spikes removed. On the bicycle at present is a ...
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Installing flat pedals (with pins) on a MTB for rainy/wintry conditions?

I have some RaceFace Chester pedals that I want to install on my beater MTB, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea. Basically, I have two bikes and I want to use one for the "bad" weather conditions (...
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Why aren't winter bicycles camping events common as the motorcycles one?

Here in Europe there is a trend of organizing winter motorcycles rallies in wich the participants go camping in the snow, wearing furs and cooking on camp fires. The first and most important is the ...
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Can I achieve good cycling shoe stiffness in winter with a boot insert?

Background: I ride daily in a very cold climate (Fairbanks, AK). My typical winter riding footwear includes a pair of trail running shoes underneath an insulated (NEOS) overboot, as this is a very ...
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What type of bicycle bell is easy to use with winter gloves?

In the winter, I often ride with mittens and find it impossible to use my standard bell (the one where you bend the clapper and let it hit the body), because my thumb touches the body and mutes the ...
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How does paraffin chain wax perform in winter conditions (snow, road salt, -20° C)?

I’m interested I switching to paraffin chain wax or a wax product like Molten Speed Wax. But I’ve got concerns about how it might perform in winter where I live in Calgary, Alberta. It’s supposed to ...
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Tire selection for winter trike riding?

I'm thinking of trying out some winter riding on a recumbent tadpole trike. (ie the single drive wheel is in the rear). With regular tires it slips all over the place; of course you can't really wipe ...
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Keeping face warm in the winter [duplicate]

I regularly use a hat under my helmet and a neck warmer. This keeps me relatively warm in the winter but leaves a bit to be desired. What are the best options to keep your face warm? Some people in ...
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How much energy loss should there be in an internal hub 8-speed?

I've recently acquired a Specialized Globe Haul 2, which was stored in a shed in Arkansas for 10 years and never ridden. It has the original Shimano Alfine 8 speed internal hub. I replaced the tires ...
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eBike winter battery power

My Bosch eBike has dual batteries which I usually ride with one battery. I feel like as the weather drops to freezing the bike power has dropped off slightly and when I ride with the second battery ...
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Will tires with spikes on a loaded heavy touring bicycle puncture the tubes?

I am thinking of buying Schwalbe "Marathon Winter Plus" or "Winter" tires with spikes. I intend to use them on a touring bike which when loaded will have: about 25kg (55 pounds) of luggage (2x5kg on ...
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Best type of brake pads during winter conditions for disc brake bikes

I'm going to be riding my bike daily during the rainy Belgian winter (-2°C to +5°C). If it snows or freezes the roads will be covered with salt. I'm using the 105 R7000 series hydraulic disc brakes. ...
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Fenders that will work for swapping between 650b and 700c wheels

History I'm a bike commuter that rides 23 miles round trip. I usually quit once the winter weather gets bad, but I'd like to move towards commuting year round. In addition, I've been wanting to ...
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To what extent should I insulate an electric bike battery during winter?

For temperatures between 0 F (-18 C) and 32 F (0 C), to what extent, if at all, should I insulate electric bicycle batteries? I have read that they do not like temperature extremes. Should I wrap a ...
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Studded tyres on asphalt

I'm curious is it possible to make a tyre that will fit perfectly on snowy/icy road. So I found studded tyres. Now, my question is - Is it possible to make studded tyre that will have good grip on ...
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How can I cycle in winter while not being able to change work clothes?

I started recently to bike to work, where we have a shower and I can change clothes. However recently I also started attending an evening course, where there is no place to change. So when I commute ...
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Windproof jacket for winter riding

where I live winters usually are -15°C to 5°C. For MTB I wear sports base layer and fleece jacket, but problem is wind goes right through making stomach and chest area very red and painful. I have a ...
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Affordable trainers for winter conditioning [closed]

I've just bought a 2018 Specialized diverge with 30mm tires. I'd like to purchase an affordable and efficient trainer that won't cost me too many bananas. Any recommendations? I've perused amazon and ...
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For a studded tire that is available in both 29" and 27.5" which will perform better in snow/ice all else being equal?

I"m looking to start winter riding. My soon-to-be bike, a 2018 Devinci Troy Carbon 27 GX 12S, is able to take both 29" and 27.5" tires. I prefer 27.5" tires, but would I have more control and ...
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A folding bike for short winter commutes?

I've been looking into a folding bike to help with short commutes on roads during the winter. What would be the advantages/disadvantages of a folding bike during this season? Any serious modifications ...
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Bicycle left outside for over a year. Possible to save?

Two years ago I was knocked off my bicycle by a car and was too scared to cycle for a long time, and left my bicycle outside uncovered for over a year. That was a mistake. Now, WD-40 applied to the ...
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Does anyone know of a lightweight motorcycle style open face helmet for eBiking?

I'm relatively new to eBiking as I had always been able to pedal my bikes until a couple of years ago. One issue I found was the wind chill factor during winter. You can go faster than normal with ...
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Keeping the bottom of your legs warm in very-cold-weather biking

I come from a country with a warmer climate,but am now living in the Netherlands. It's not that bad really, but in winter, it sometimes gets to -5°c / -6°c - and occasionally with strong head wind ...
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Seal Cleat opening on Clipless Waterproof / Winter Cycling shoes?

I own some Shimano MW7 waterproof cycling shoes I use for wet riding and 45Nrth Wolvhammer boots for deep winter riding. Should I be concerned about water entering my shoe via the cleat opening? If ...
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