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  • Aspock

    Member
    26 October 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Is the thory to keep the “best one” for summer? What damage can be done riding the best one over winter?

    Is it a rust thing? or will cleaning after every ride negate the need for a winter bike?

    Aidan

  • HarryB

    Member
    26 October 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I ride whichever bike takes my fancy. Contrary to popular belief carbon fibre doesn’t dissolve in the rain, titanium doesn’t rot away and providing you keep your bike clean and well lubed I don’t think there should be much problem.

    Having said that, my No 1 bike is tucked up for the winter 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Gunner

    Member
    26 October 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Now that I have the Scott Cr1, I have been able to move the Giant OCR Team to the position of Winter bike. Prior to that I was using my hybrid, which I still will if the weather is particularly bad as it is complete with full mudgaurds.

    Basically though, if you keep your bike clean, well lubed and maintained, then there shouldn’t be a problem, it can be a nuisance though if you get back from a Wintery ride and aren’t able to give the bike a quick wipe over and a spray, and can’t get to it for a day or two. 🙄

  • Aspock

    Member
    26 October 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I know what I am like………….. The Carera is fine as a first bike but if there was a shiney carbon fibre thing sat next to it………….. well

    It just wouldn’t get used 😆 😆

    Aidan

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    26 October 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I’d say it’s more a case of it being a bike that can be festooned in lights, refelctors, it can ‘wear’ proper mudguards yet still allow a decent section tyre (’23’ at the least) to be fitted.

    It also saves you have to remove them for a (dry) ride on a weekend, as you kust wheel the decent bike out

    Having a ‘winter bike’ does remove some of the cleaning/fettling of your best-bike, although……….. it will still require looking after

  • HarryB

    Member
    27 October 2009 at 5:56 am

    How very ‘old school’ 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    Riding a heavy bike decked out with mudguards, lights etc removes most of the fun of cycling IMHO. But I’m a funny bugger. I’m still pissed off at having to ride on clinchers instead of the tubs I’d got used to during summer. 😆 😆 😆

  • FUBBLEJUG

    Member
    27 October 2009 at 6:02 am

    As the lads said,I too ride whichever takes my fancy regardless of the weather. As long as you look after them they’ll be fine. I do tend to winterproof them with lots of Finish Line wet lube etc…

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    27 October 2009 at 11:53 pm

    How very ‘old school’ 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    I’ll agree, but yes I am!

    Riding a heavy bike decked out with mudguards, lights etc removes most of the fun of cycling IMHO

    Ahh, but think how fast it’ll feel when you can remove it all come spring!

    My winter-bike is partly titanium, with Ultegra group, Ritchey stem/seat-pin & Campag Chorus chainset, so it’s not too bad 😉

    But I’m a funny bugger. I’m still pissed off at having to ride on clinchers instead of the tubs I’d got used to during summer

    I used to use Tubs years ago for cross, & had a set of wheels with ‘road-tubs as well

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