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Plan for the worst, hope for the best.
Yeah there are definite challenges in winter riding. That mix of snow and salt, locally it has a brownish colour and we call it cookie dough. It can mess you up good. On the subject of shifter lines and brakes freezing up, I found that the old coaster brake hub was the best set up. Though many others swear by the fixed gears. Only problem with either of these is only having one gear, which is fine ripping around downtown. The best set up for year round cross country hauling in my opinion would be an internal hub with coaster brake. Then you have have gears for the hills, a brake that's never going to freeze up and only one cable to freeze on you.
originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
a reply to: ThickAsABrick
Snow can be fun on a bike until they start plowing and salting everything. The hard part is getting the momentum up and keeping things from getting too sideways.....And keeping the forward momentum up....
....And stuff hiding under the snow....I hit a bicycle rack under the snow once, at least the landing wasn't too hard.
....And shift and brake cables freezing up from the tire spraying junk against the downtube....
The most valuable skill to know when riding a bicycle or a motorcycle is knowing how to crash without getting hurt.