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Questions tagged [winter]

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

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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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Layering (lower half) for long chilly rides

I was riding all day on Sunday in temperatures that peaked a few degrees above freezing, but dry apart from the odd snow or hail shower. It was cold enough to need layers. As I tried not to hang ...
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Aluminium rigid fork for winter

I'm looking for the bike for winter riding and found this one. It's all good, except for the fork: some people say that aluminum rigid forks can not absorb vibration and therefore are bad for the ...
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Minimize freezing of brake cables

Is there something I can spray on my brake cables to keep them from freezing up in cold weather? I want something preferably that will not attract dust. Brakes froze when temperature was 20 degrees ...
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Winter tires break in

I've just bought a pair of Kenda Klondike tires (26*2.1). I've heard that I have to ride about 50-100 kilometers without fast turns and so on - to make spikes to "sit" firmly into the tire. So I've ...
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How to keep my testicles from freezing on a recumbent

I wonder how to keep my testicles (plus part of the perineum) from freezing. I ride a recumbent, which is making it worse because it exposes those parts to the wind much more and I use unpadded tights ...
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Winter face protection

Winter is coming. I found that when commuting or just riding in cold (say -10 Celcius) conditions the skin on my face becomes too dry, red and itches. What can I do to prevent this? I've tried using ...
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Experience biking with child trailer during winter?

What's your experience biking with child trailer during winter in the city? I live in Cracow, Poland. Recent winters were almost snow-less, but it's <0°C cold and slippery anyway. I am used to ...
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Long tour in winter [closed]

I'm thinking of doing a longish (1-2 months) tour starting around November. I will start in Germany, and the destination is not important to me. I have done one day tours in the German winter, and I ...
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Can I use a bike for commuting 10km everyday at Jönköping (Sweden)?

I'm a French student going to Sweden for one year and I would like to know if I could use a bike to go to school even in winter for less than 150€ (or 1500 SEK). Is it possible without having a bad ...
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How do I prevent a tube valve from fusing to my rim

I have a 20" Sun Rims CR-18 rear rim. This rim has a cylindrical metal sleeve that goes through the valve hole. Not sure where that came from, as I inherited the rim with the bike when I bought it ...
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Cold causing squeak in disc brake system?

I took my bike in recently for the usual periodic overhaul. One set of brake pads was replaced, brake cables (relatively new) were lubed, all that good stuff. Since then, both front and back brakes (...
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What to do with a frozen bike?

My bike was outside and it snowed. I thought it was ok because it was undercover but the tarp broke and now my bike is covered in snow. I had 3 locks on it, 2 of them came off but one is frozen. I ...
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Drum brakes - ineffective when cold

I have city bike with Sturmey-Archer X-FDD front hub with drum brake. Last week, after cold and wet days (drizzle, 2 C), the temperature dropped below -10 C. I store this bike outdoors, I ride it ...
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Mystery puncture — caused by inner end of ice spike?

I had to change my back tube yesterday and couldn't find anything by eye or by feel on the inside of the tyre, by eye on the outside (it's a schwalbe winter so you can't find anything except its own ...
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Front derailleur feels “disconnected” in cold

I've got a Shimano Deore 3x front derailleur and it works perfectly fine while warm. But after a ride in cold (about -10..-15 C) there is a problem in shifting up: first time I pull the lever it goes ...
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On which weather conditions should I choose my bicycle with studded/spike tyres?

I've recently bought a new bicycle for my daily commuting and fitted my old bicycle with studded/spike tires as a dedicated winter commuting bicycle. (They're Schwalbe "Winter" tyres, not "...
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Tips for dexterously handling bike lights with winter gloves

I've got some battery-powered LED lights which are mounted using the typical "click-in" bike mounts somewhat like the one pictured below: Unfortunately, I've got the fine motor skill of an elephant. ...
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Why doesn't my (battery-powered) light work in the cold?

I've got a cheap LED lamp running on three AAA NiMH batteries which stops working when exposed to near-freezing temperatures; is there a likely reason for this? The lamp has been dropped a number of ...
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Wrapping alloy brifters for cold weather

I have a bike with alloy brifters that get very cold during winter season riding. I wear a nice pair of gloves and the cold comes right through because my hands are wrapped around them and usually in ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

I have a Dawes Giro Competition with Vuelta Stylus Corsa rims (aluminium I think although I'm not certain), Mavic Aksion 700x25c slick tyres and Tektro R540 brakes. Brake pads are standard Tektro pads ...
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Storing a nice bike outside cheaply in the city during winter (weather/security) [duplicate]

I'm no longer able to store bicycles in my flat, as my current place is less than 20m² in size; Is there any way to store a bicycle outside in a way which will significantly minimize weather- and ...
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Using cyclocross tires for winter riding

I've currently got a fixie road bike with some stock road tires. They're fairly low-profile, as in, they aren't knobby, and have low-profile treads. Because my fork and stays have enough clearance ...
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Installing fat bike tires on a BSO for winter riding(condition of averaging -23 C for 2*17km). Is it doable, safe?

As for my other question Winter riding: Is it safe to ride on a BSO/cheap bike at temperatures below -15°C on icy or damp roads? I've got a lot of suggestions of getting studded tires for winter ...
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Winter riding: Is it safe to ride on a BSO/cheap bike at temperatures below -15°C on icy or damp roads?

OK so I'm new to cycling and only own a road bike but I've been told that it's not suitable to ride in the winter in Canada. Winter here goes from -15°C to -35°C and there's plenty of ice and snow. ...
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More or less skid patches for winter tires?

Update: this question is NOT about how to calculate the # of skid patches. I've always used http://www.bikecalc.com/skid_patch_calculator for that and the math is sound. So, I'm already thinking ...
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Safe to ride with Kenda 27 x 1/38 inch studded tires in snow/ice?

I currently have Kenda 27 x 1 3/8 inch tires on my road bike. I live in a snowy, icy city and am a bike commuter in warmer months. I would like to occasionally commute this winter. I am wondering ...
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Dutch Bike Winter Cleaning

I am asking this question as I ride a dutch bike (chain guard, mud flaps etc) so my chain is not directly impacted by salt on the roads. However, seeing that there is a lot of water splashing with a ...
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Replacing roller-clutch freehub with ratchet type

I live in Finland, and as such the weather right now is pretty cold. Since I rely on my bike for shopping in a rural area, the frequent and complete loss of drive I now suffer at below-freezing ...
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At what temperature do you say its too cold to ride a bike? [closed]

It's been a great winter here in DC, its mostly high 30's but the last few days it's low 20's and in at night a little windy?
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Is it okay to store bike tires in unheated garage over winter?

I have a lot of spare tires for bikes. I can either store them inside my house in the basement or in the garage. I've got a lot more open space in the garage, so that's my preference. However, I live ...
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If I currently have 700x23/25C tires on my bike, will 700x35C winter tires fit?

I understand that the first number is the tire diameter, so on that part I know it will fit, and that the second number is the tire width and that's my main concern. I want to put winter tires on my ...
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Winter tyres or winter wheels?

I've just picked up some lightly studded tyres - winters aren't too bad here but ice can be a problem. The bike is a hybrid mainly used for commuting, with some early starts. Most of my route is ...
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Storing bicycle in a shed for the winter [duplicate]

I am living in Canada and it is the sad time of the year where I have to stop riding and store my bicycle for the winter. This summer I acquired a full carbon bike and I want to make sure it stays ...
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What to Look for In Gloves for Winter Commuting

We live in Buffalo, NY where winters are harsh. My husband rides early in the morning and afternoon about 6 miles each way. The temperature is often below freezing, especially early in the morning – ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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Winter cycling clothes in full black

I searched and tried the Gore Windbreaker Jacket today on. It fits me very well and I like the look of the jacket in black. The white one looks good too, but I am afraid that it is harder to clean if ...
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Storing commuter bicycle indoors during winter

I got myself a road bike that I intend to ride occasionally during winter (mostly for commuting). I live in an apartment, so storing the bicycle in a dry and cold place such as garage is not an option....
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Snow tires for H Plus Son SL42?

I'm riding fixed gear with H Plus Son SL42 rims and Schwalbe Lugano. I'm thinking about changing my tires to be able to ride in snow/wet roads, but in the H Plus Son site I don't see the maximum size ...
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How do people ride road bikes without fenders?

I want to buy a bike. The road bikes look very gorgeous. However I noticed that they come without fenders to protect from water! I was really surprised for that actually and that made me wonder about ...
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Winter boots or neoprene covers?

I'm looking at options for new winter footwear and am split between buying new boots (must be look/3 bolt, which seems to constrain options somewhat) or buying covers, specifically the neoprene style ...
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Mountain vs Road

I mountain bike on a hardtail I got about 3 months ago. I love it, but am wondering If road bike is a good investment as far as training. I want to take things beyond just mountain biking a handful of ...