Back when I was a student, I rode my mountain bike into school every day. I layered up on all kinds of muddy, oil stained cover pants, an old beat up jacket from MEC and layered on motor oil on the chain and by the end of the second winter, the bike was a trasher. Nothing really left of it. But it was doable.
I didn’t bother to replace it as I was walking into work at that point. A few years ago, after switching contracts, I started to bike into work again on an old Marinoni I converted to a fixie with spare track parts I had lying around the apartment.. and built up some wheels myself with some hubs I had as well.
Last year and this year I decided to not take the bike into work in the winter. It isn’t really the cold, or wet that bugs me but the salt. It will destroy a bike.
But after 2 months of being squished into a metro, and the 15 minute walk to the metro, I’m starting to rethink this idea and maybe riding in on days where the roads aren’t covered in slush/salt.
First off will be to fit the bike with some fenders. Next, maybe a decent set of cyclocross tires.. Any other ides from those of you who still ride in ?
Oh, and if you are thinking of a great gift for your ‘special someone cyclist’, head on over to Rapha. Yes, it does cost that much. But it’s OH so nice.
Too bad my girlfriend never reads this blog.. sigh