WTB Winter Beater

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joeframbach
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Winter is officially upon us, at last. After taking a bit of a spill yesterday, I now realize that I am woefully unprepared this winter. I ride a Univega Safari Ten frame on 23s. This doesn’t really cut it in the snow.

I want to find a beater for the winter. I ride from Uptown to the South Side in the morning, then to Pitt in the evening, and back home at night, so I need something that’ll get me up Bates.

I just want something that won’t require much maintenance outside of cleaning and lubing the chain every now and then. I hear fixies are famous for this, but is winter the best time to learn to ride fixed? I have a budget of, I don’t know, $250?

I work a few blocks from Thick. I’ll stop by tomorrow and see what’s in their used inventory.


alankhg
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Fixies aren’t so hard to learn to ride. If you’re going up Bates, though, that might require some leg-strength-gettin’.

Old rigid high-end mountain bikes do pretty well as road-tanks, too, provided you put sensible tires on them. They show up often enough on craigslist for $100ish.


willie p
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i’d have a potential beater for you, but it’s much better than that. full-fendered MIYATA touring bike (nitto moustache) and a Sturmey – Archer 3sp (AW) internal gear hub. virtually bomb proof and no maintenance except the occassional drop of oil. I’d be asking for more than $250. but it’s a very, very nice bike. PM me and we can chat. thanks willie.


brian j
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Two things make a full winter beater relatively unnecessary:

1. Good, full coverage fenders with (at least) a front mudflap.

2. Studded tires.

I rode this morning through varying degrees of slush, snow, ice, and muck, and aside from a bit spray on the chainstays, the bike is clean.

I didn’t use studs for a long time, then finally, last year, I dropped $120 for a set of Marathon Winters. Best money I ever spent on my bike. I mounted them this weekend, and they will stay on ’til spring. They don’t guarantee that a ride in snow and ice won’t be dicey, but they go a long way to make poor road conditions more reasonable.


willie p
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i also think that decreasing your normal tire pressure by 10-15 lbs makes a very big difference in ability to ride in “deep(ish)” snow. however, you also need to modify your riding a bit to avoid pinch flats, but it’s a lot cheaper than studded tires.


joeframbach
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D’oh! Thick is closed until the 28th. I should wait until January (and until my next paycheck…) before buying anything, anyway.


edmonds59
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As a fellow male, let me say that old women’s frames, like old “mixtes”, make excellent winter beaters, for when you do take the occasional spill. The Nutcracker is a lovely ballet, but you do not want to perform it yourself. I concur with the old mtn bike suggestion, but an old women’s 3 spd w/fenders etc. might be the best thing of all. And you can lock it up and forget it if you have to resort to the bus.


Swalfoort
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I saw a bike matching this description for sale at the Thrift Store on Ohio River Boulevard (in Avalon) just this weekend. I think it was a Schwinn Traveller III (maybe more gears than 3, as I think about it….) Looked to be in pretty good shape. I think they were asking $14.95 for it.


StuInMcCandless
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+1 on the reduced tire pressure idea. Four snowy winters at SUNY Geneseo on the unicycle, I typically ran about 18-22#, vs. 45-60# in warmer weather. On really slippery mornings, often my biggest clue that the sidewalks were bad were other people having trouble walking. Going slower helps a lot, too, both in not wiping out, and avoiding pinch flats.


spakbros
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I just a sweet 93 giant MTB with oversized tires off of craigslist and the thing has been crushing any amount of snow that I have seen


Mick
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Some one needs to get the memo to the Pittsburgh Police.

Winter beater: good.

Wife beater: bad.

Mick


alankhg
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joeframbach
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Wow! He can control the climate? He needs to do something about this weather, stat.

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