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Guiness

Winter bikes

When you guys talk of your winter bikes, what exactly do you have?

I just have an old Giant road bike that I bash around in the great oudoors.  Are your bikes cheaper versions of your summer models or just one you call a "winter bike" because you only use it in the winter but in actual fact is exactly the same as the summer one - but you want the summer one to look newer and cleaner?!
Bartali

I don't really go out in the really bad weather ... preferring to ride the Tacx RLV.  If I do venture out at this time of year I generally choose to ride my fixed steel Colnago.  Only in late spring and summer do I return to the geared carbon road bikes.
paperman

I've an old trek for this time of year or when its raining or looks like it might rain. I take out my 'better' bikes when the weather is better.
maffy

suppose this ties in with all the old chap threads really

back in the day, a winter bike was a mudguarded up second-best-bike, not the hack, but you know a "training" bike. i used to take the mudguards off mine when the season started, and then use the hack for the everyday stuff.

actually won my first road race on the winterbike sans mudguards, but that's probably because the best one wasn't finished in early may. also did a bit of light-touring on it , and only destroyed it after making it do a whole everyday winter with luggage when it was more than twenty years old already when i started riding it again. which is a shame, because it was orange. i'll maybe make a thread with the photos if i'm melancholy enough for all that focussing on the past. Laughing

modern race-bikes just don't have the mudguard space, and that's where the confusion comes from.

personally, living oop north, i have a "fast-ish" bike with mudguards available all year round. but it's not anything special. eight speed with ceramic rims and 25mm tyres. weight not important, and being a bit heavy myself, it has a rack just in case i need to carry stuff.

but them i'm old and utility and probably have more "legacy" equipment than you. Wink

rode this today.

click it to make it biggerage

which is, as you see, subtly different to the last time what i showed it to you, and not the same as a winter bike at all. it's that or the winterbike tomorrow, depending on the weather.
Guiness

Thanks, Maffy. It does tie in with all the old chap threads! A mud-guarded up second best bike is what I always thought was "the winter bike". I know that some cycling clubs have rules about mudguards in the winter and all that. But I look around and everyones has a different interpretation. For instance, some people Ms G rides with have their winter bike as a cheaper version of their good carbon summer bike - cheaper model frame plus cheaper versions of campag and all that.

By the way, what is it with you and orange bikes?
maffy

Guiness wrote:
By the way, what is it with you and orange bikes?


orange is the fastest colour.

maybe gerry12ie would agree, from his sig. Cool
Bartali

I think people buy a good bike, then buy a better one.  The first then gets 'relegated' to the 'winter bike'.  I remember when winter bikes had mud guards, but I could only afford the one bike back in the day ... and it was a 'best bike'.

These days I ride this in the 'light' rain, but not the real winter slush ...

maffy

i enjoyed having the trad-fixed-bike around more than i thought i would. especially for short-ten-miles-around-the-block stuff. it was a shame most of the winter was filled with craploads of snow and ice and that.
gerry12ie

maffy wrote:


maybe gerry12ie would agree, from his sig. Cool


The following elements combine to make cycling photographs great:

An orange bike

A Belgian sitting on it

The Rainbow Jersey



The greatness of the photograph is directly proportionate to the orangeness of the bike and the magnificence of the Belgian.  In all cases.
gerry12ie

I dont think orange bikes work in the winter though.  I have a big black crosser with cantis and guards that is bomb-proof and converts rain to a lubricant.
Bartali

Almost right Gerry ... just need to sort that jersey out!

maffy

gerry12ie wrote:
I dont think orange bikes work in the winter though.  I have a big black crosser with cantis and guards that is bomb-proof and converts rain to a lubricant.


perfuff. now the interwebs said so Wink  proper-coloured bike already b0rked Laughing
Guiness

I've always loved red bikes. Nothing to do with any famous rider or famous time. I think only because my first bike was red!

I remember Christmas Day 1978 when my sister and I got new bicycles from Father Christmas. She got a Raleigh Alpha - really girly - but I got a Raleigh Grifter. She  was a little jealous because she would have much rather had a Grifter!
Bartali

Talking of red, I think it was one year earlier that I got this ...



I wanted one of those orange Eddy Merckx 'look-a-like' bikes but my dad persuaded me I wanted real Yorkshire steel!  It's a very diddy 531 frame ..
Fontfroide

Gee, down here in the South of France no one actually has a winter bike.  On the other hand, when it rains a bit, very few people go for a ride.  They know that it should be good weather again very soon.  I am not kidding.   Laughing  Laughing
MAILLOT JAUNE

Bartali wrote:
Talking of red, I think it was one year earlier that I got this ...

I wanted one of those orange Eddy Merckx 'look-a-like' bikes but my dad persuaded me I wanted real Yorkshire steel!  It's a very diddy 531 frame ..

Ellis Briggs!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now there's a name to conjure with. Used to take the odd trip to Shipley when I lived in Bradford - years ago.................
thunderthighs

do other sports ..ciao
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:


Nice floorboards...
Bartali

Yup .... I can't afford to carpet the west wing. Wink
paperman

Guiness wrote:
I've always loved red bikes. Nothing to do with any famous rider or famous time. I think only because my first bike was red!

I remember Christmas Day 1978 when my sister and I got new bicycles from Father Christmas. She got a Raleigh Alpha - really girly - but I got a Raleigh Grifter. She  was a little jealous because she would have much rather had a Grifter!


That reminded me of a very old chopper a friend of mine had when we were kids....that bike was deadly.

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