I may have to get out the winter commuter and put the single speed away for a bit
Shouldn’t it be the other way around, but away the commuter and bring out the winter single speed. Unless you only have one ridable bike like me.
Sounds like I need to accelerate my plans for another bike…
i got a couple of wal mart bikes i ride when theres salt on the roads that salt sure messes up your cables and chains a single speed with coaster brakes would be a good choice if it wernt for pittsburgh hills
Mr marv – my “commuter” has disc brakes and fenders. Single speed doesn’t.
We’ve talked in previous years about how to keep the bike clean after a snowy ride. One leading candidate is to keep a gigundo squirt gun handy with which to hose off the drive train, then set it indoors to dry off overnight.
@stu – that SO reminds me of Wisconsin, where you spend March thru May tracking wet, salty slush into the house after every outing. That might be about the only thing I disliked about living in Wisconsin. But, that was with boots, and unavoidable. Volunteering to bring a wet, (formerly salty) dripping bike into my home does not appeal to me. Nor does shoveling a path to the basement door, to brign it in there, rather than into the house proper. I’ll keep looking for a better solution!
The best tip I’ve ever heard of for the wet salty bike is that of using a plastic children’s sled, or something like it, as a parking pad to catch road drippings.
I need to get on this.
If one is limited in space and places to clean you can spray off outside with a garden sprayer or do it in the bathtub.
I had a wet salty bike this morning… (rimshot)
Although after seeing the coming forecast I was pretty happy to be riding through the rain, considering it was relatively warm.
Don’t forget that when it really gets snowy, shoveling is easier for cyclists.
…you can spray off outside with a garden sprayer…
ive been told not to use a spray with any significant amount of pressure behind it, as it might penetrate bearings and do more damage than good. also, your hose might freeze if you dont turn the water off!
No significant pressure, no bearing issues. Just enough to rinse crud off. I will often carry one with me if it is muddy when I am riding offroad too, helps keep the mud from damaging the paint on the vehicles roof.
Yes. I have 2 3 gallon ones. They make smaller ones that are like misters that I also have. I use them to apply a presoak to various things.
Hence the super-soaker. It likely has less pressure than a garden hose, and can be filled from an indoor faucet. Then bring the bike in to drip at room (or basement) temperature.
@stu, I suspect the Super-Soaker can be used for far more interesting things in the warmer months too. My sprayers are boring in that respect.
Using it for bike purposes lets me get six or seven good months of use out of it instead of the two or three it might see otherwise.
I suppose you could get fancy and have two handy, one with a soap solution, one with a rinse. Suggestions welcome.
I saw it! SSSNNNOOOWWW!!! Not 30 minutes ago! For, oh, at least a minute before it turned back into drizzle…
Here are the two I use: http://www.autoality.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=247&idcategory=53
For as dirty as the bike gets I have not found one to be much better than the other. The Meguiars will foam up out of the right bottle with the right setting, but that doesn’t mean it is working better.
I will hit the bike with one of those and then rinse with water after a little soak, hitting some areas with a brush if need be. Most of the time our foul weather for commuting is a non issue, but for mud it is a lifesaver.
A small sprayer like this: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=197513&pid=CSE_Froogle&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=202577
would be great for soap for ya
I hate road salt. well, at least on my bike and in the rivers.
Actually, I hate breathing it in when the roads are dry, but covered with a nice coating of it.
It’s worse when the roads are wet and you get a nice fine spray,
It’s worst when the roads are slick with glare ice, because the mind control rays bounce up underneath the tinfoil helmet liner.
I have no idea why I said that.
I think there’s a chance the salt would turn the foil/helmet combo into a battery, and explode.
It’s snowing again! Grab bike & camera and get in on the latest Wheelset tag.
Beautiful night for a ride, just the right amount of snow to be fun without becoming a PITA… I actually thought about getting a picture of my tracks but didn’t want to stop.
I took sidewalks most of the way home between the Strip and S’liberty & had a good ride on snow bike around 7pm (29’er, no studs). Dropped all motorized vehicles between 29th & Main on Liberty, and I was just crawling.
Riding home at rush hour last night was less than optimal. Taking the Jail Trail and coming through the park was wonderful, but the city streets around 5:30 were not in good shape. Ellsworth had strips of black ice, Friendship approaching Negley was icy, as were various side streets in Highland Park and Morningside. Throw in liberal amounts of traffic, and there were many places I rather would have been.
The only place I fell this morning was turning onto the 62nd St Bridge. (Got some spokes in my shin.) Outside of that it wasn’t particularly bad, just had to put up with drivers honking at me because I wasn’t using the shoulders containing unknown states of water.
@reddan, do you ever use a bent trike in this kind of weather? With every tumble it seems like more and more of a good idea
@brian I had a very similar experience, but I wanted to stop off at the main branch library so I took forbes and then the fifth ave sidewalk. big mistake, it was stop and go the entire way, I was thinking I should have taken the jail trail the entire time. I then took ellsworth and opted to continue up to penn circle via shady to avoid the POS that is negley. also, after the thaw my rear rim has black sludge all over it.
@dmtroyer: do you ever try Joncaire to get from Panther Hollow to the Oakland library? It has a wide sidewalk and only the last third is at all steep. I wait at the bottom if pedestrians are coming down, but its really not a bad option. Take a couple of right hand turns at the top and you’ll be right at Schenley Plaza.
@pseuda yeah, that was part of my lament. there are also some stairs that lead up to the fine arts building I will try next time
i had a nice time on the way home last night. once i got off the trafficky roads. those were less than ideal, but at least people were moving slowly. lots of gridlock trying to happen, though.
then, on a side street, i almost bit it pretty good. i was in the tire tracks on a slight downhill and started pushing a little bit harder than i probably should have, and suddenly my front wheel decided it wanted to be a few inches to the left. managed to keep the rubber side down, but just barely. good times!
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