My thoughts and attitude towards winter cycling

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by johnnyb47, 1 Dec 2018.

  1. Well that says more about you than it does about me.
     
  2. Exactly, the first bit says it all.
     
  3. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    Best bikes all year round , they are only toys .
    Edit , not best wheels though !
     
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  4. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    Americans don't really do "fenders".
     
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    johnnyb47

    johnnyb47 Über Member

    Location:
    Wales
    I'm still on a learning curve as regards to cycling, and when I fitted my guards I never gave it a second thought as what or why the " euro clips" were for. After reading some of the posts here , It appears they are a safety feature that will enable the front guard to detach itself if something gets jammed in between the wheel and guard causing the front wheel to lock sending you skywards. After googling this, there's many pages on the web on it too.
    You learn something new everyday :-) :-)
     
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  6. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    Things can, and do, equally get caught in the front wheel, or between wheel and forks, and cause mayhem. He oughtta stop selling bikes.
     
  7. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    I doubt the Secu-Clips are very effective, as things can still get jammed at the fork crown. In any case, plastic mudguards just break if a decently large twig is sucked under them. I've seen it happen. Metal ones are riskier.
     
  8. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I've got full guards on 4 of my 6 but that doesn't stop me riding the other 2 in the rain if the need arises. As mentioned previously you can limit any additional wear and tear with a good regular maintenance schedule :okay:

    With regards to the weather I have found some of my favourite rides to be during terrible weather but if I look out the window and see drizzle I still think twice before putting my kit on :laugh:
     
  9. Johnno260

    Johnno260 Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I ride through winter but my miles do drop off, I have done more since I got a 2nd bike fitted with full mudguards.

    I don’t mess with ice, thick fog, or strong winds.

    I also invested in some water proof layers.
     
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  10. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    He has done - he's dead! (Illness rather than accident though.)
     
  11. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    I had a stick go through my forks once on a really fast bit of road: I went from about 20mph to zero in a blink, full somersault over the bars. Nothing to do with mudguards (and I wasn't wearing a helmet, either!), just saying, sh1t happens, sometimes for absolutely no reason whatsoever :smile:
     
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  12. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    Fixed in winter, gears in summer, mudguards on both bikes, I tend to do less miles in winter but get out whenever I can.
     
  13. Slow But Determined

    Slow But Determined Nid Yw Cymru Ar Werth!

    To be honest I quite enjoy winter riding as there are not as many "look at my bike I'm gonna beat you on this segment" types about.

    Usually when you meet other cyclists in the winter they are genuine cyclists out for the enjoyment of the ride not fashion conscious wannabes!

    When you look at my winter cycling attire fashion conscious is something I will never be accused of!!!!
     
  14. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    Ride my winter bike with full mudguards as often and as far as possible. When I can't ride spin classes as often as possible. A combination of mudguards and thorough cleaning reduces wear and tear to a minimum.
     
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  15. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    I do find that the snow gets trapped between my studded tyres and mudguards which is a bit of a pain but nothing serious. Winter city riding can be a bit unpleasant because of all the lights dazzling and reflecting off wet roads but winter leisure rides in the snow are utterly magical.

    The only weather that stops me is high wind. Ice is fine with studded tyres and it's slidy funtimes on snow as they're only 30mm so you need to slide and spin them to get them to bite, but if I get round to buying the fat bike, even riding on snow will be rock solid.
     
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