Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Why don't bike companies sell real "WINTER" bikes?

We have yet to see a bike at the bike shop that we could honestly call a "winter bike."

Why not? Because it is a very niche market. And the task is more engineering and innovation intensive than just another flavour of the 1000s of road bike designs that already exist.

To stimulate the designer energy, we propose a prize for best winter bike. It involves cranberries.

We think a winter bike should have:
  • freeze-proof drive-train and brakes
  • corrosion protection against water and salt
  • traction and lots of it
  • excellent slush protection
  • manufacture-ability, no fantasy bikes allowed

Designers: get going.


At 1:15 PM, Blogger Tristan L said...

A fixed cx bike with fenders, cover it in grease. Barring that, any road bike built for 27" converted to fixed. Reusing the original center pull brakes provides similar power to a canti.

If traction is your concern then use a fixed gear. It won't provide inherently more traction, but will inform you constantly of exactly how much grip your rear tire is getting.

It takes a lot of freezing rain to immobilize a lever, caliper, or headset. Its only happened to me a handful of times over the past few years. Companies do manufacture freeze proof cables. I've used them with no complaints.


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