Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Mark didn't see me while he was riding on Monday.

At least I thought it was Mr. Savery riding to the Trek Store. I was getting a ride to the bus stop as the wife was going into work. I was commenting to the wife about not riding into work since I thought that -15 degrees would be uncomfortable. Then we both see a guy riding down 63rd st on his bike.

So I was wrong. If that was you, Mark; good on ya. The main excuse I have for not riding is that my bike still won't shift and it's too cold to work on/clean it. So if I figure that out, I'll be back out there too. Maybe tomorrow...

5 comments:

Biker Bob said...

I had shifting issues with a clean drivetrain and a new chain. When it's that cold, things just don't move easily and the springs can't overcome the resistance.

munsoned said...

I was wondering about that. This weather has me contemplating about a change in commuter bike. I know, I know, I already have 3 commuters, why would I need another???

Aaron talked about the kind of bike I'm interested in at the bottom of his most recent post. Internal gear hubs, while heavy and not ideal, gearing-wise, would provide year round consistent reliability.

Sean said...

I have had no issues with grip shift or SRAM road components so far this winter. I rode in yesterday when it was -17 when I left my house, SRAM Rival had no issues front or rear and my "going to war through the muck" MTB commuter bike has grip shift with xt front and xo rear and have had no issues. I think that it is due to SRAM having a 1:1 pull ratio compared to shimano 2:1. The SRAM seems to be stronger and able to overcome a lot of icing/cold environment issues that I have had with shimano.

munsoned said...

Great info there, Sean. It does make sense that the pull ratio difference could affect performance in these cold conditions. Yet another reason for me to consider making the leap.

RD said...

no shifting issue but then again I can't stand up and mash as there is to much snow on the streets and i'm spinning out