All posts tagged Winter Bikes

  • Winter Mode

    winter cycling

    It’s about time the snow showed up…even if it’s just +barely over a dusting. The temperatures have been dropping and the ground’s been staying cool, so hopefully this pattern of precipitation continues. I figured today would be the perfect lazy Sunday to throw the studs on and cruise around. Here’s my commuter / do-all bike (Van Dessel Country Road Bob), ready for winter with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 106’s and a Serfas True 1000 headlight.


  • Custom Surly Neck Romancer

    Surly neck romancer (5)

    Surly neck romancer (8)

    With all the snow we normally get throughout a Vermont winter, I made the decision last year that I wanted to get a fat bike. While I don’t own one yet, I’m pretty sure I want either a Surly Neck Romancer or a Salsa Mukluk; that is of course, once I gather the funds. So with all my excitement about the possibility of riding trails this winter, I came up on these photos of a nicely outfitted Neck Romancer from Shinya Suzaki. This beast is outfitted with various Tree Bicycle Co bmx parts including a three-piece crankset, bmx stem and saddle in addition to the Alfine 8 internally-geared setup. While the bmx bits may or may not jive with you, you gotta give a nod to the creativity. My only issue is the front and rear tires being on their respective front and rear wheels…(oops). See the rest below.


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  • Winter Additions to the Bob

    country road bob e thirteen chain ring

    deore rear derailleur

    This bike is always changing. Early this fall I added a rear rack and started using panniers for everything from my daily commute to full-on grocery trips. Panniers are great. A weeks worth of groceries on a singlespeed in hilly Burlington, Vermont – plus studded tires, isn’t so great; so I 1×9’d my Van Dessel Country Road Bob.

    I had a Deore derailleur kicking around and a near new cassette, all I needed was a 700c/29″ rear disc wheel, which I got a great deal on at the Old Spokes Home. Since adding a range of speeds to my commuter bike, I find the often added-weight (from bags/groceries) in the rear to be an even more welcomed challenge. But all in all, it’s been a great change for the winter and makes for getting those 700x32c studs up to speed a bit easier.

    Have a look at a couple more shots of the winter setup below.


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  • Dan’s Univega Townie: Edmond aka Fast Eddie

    dans commuter - old spokes home

    schmidt edelux- old spokes home

    My roommate and former co-worker Dan recently wrote a great piece on the “coming together” of his most recent ride: An ode to the classic Raleigh Tourist –  a do-all Univega town bike, known as Edmond or Fast Eddie. This bike is rad and features a super long wheelbase, slack angles, internally geared, and a dynamo front wheel. It’s got everything you’d want in a do-it-all bike – a hard order to fill these days. Since I enjoyed reading his words so much, I’ll post a little excerpt here (just make sure you read the whole story!):

    “I set my sights on early mountain bike, as they generally make a great platform for a city conversion. “Why?” you ask; well the early school of thought in mountain bike geometry was long and lax. The head tube and seat tube are laid back, which, when coupled with a fork that has a lot of rake proves to be a long bike. A second notable feature is that these post-klunking off road machines generally have horizontal or semi-horizontal drop outs, that means no need for a chain tensioner if your running an internally geared hub. Lastly, these bikes generally came equipped with all of the eyelets necessary for mounting racks and fenders. It’s almost as if the mountain bike builders of old wanted to give credence to the old English steeds.”

    Make sure to head over to the Old Spokes Home blog for the full story and more photos – it’s a great read!


  • Surly Ogre: Ready For Winter

    Surly Custom Ogre

    The new Surly Ogre is a do-it-all touring 29er with limitless ways of being set up. The folks at Salvagetti Bike Shop have this particular ride winterized and begging for foul-weather. I’ve been told that the Old Spokes Home has just completed a similar build, ready to tackle the harsh winters we’re dished here in Vermont. Check out a few more photos below and head on over to OSH to see another Surly Ogre build.


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  • 2011 Frozen Onion Winter Bike Race at Morse Farm

    Facebook Event Page

    “Ever wish you could take your bike to the Nordic ski center and find a new use for those beautifully-groomed trails? Now is your chance! Onion River Sports announces the first-ever Frozen Onion Winter Bike Race at Morse Farm! Sunday, February 6th , race a loop along the breathtaking Nordic ski trails.

    Registration: 8:30am Day of Race or on, Race Start: 10:00am

    Registration: $25 fee includes registration and post-race chow and all proceeds benefit Pete’s Greens Barn Rebuilding Fund! For those of you who might not know, Pete’s barn burned down on January 12th taking with it a lot in produce, equipment and the entire barn. Pete’s Greens supplies lots of us, our local restaurants and grocery stores with fresh produce year round.”

  • Brian’s Winter Ride: Van Dessel Country Road Bob

    I had some free time this afternoon and decided to see how far down the bike path I could make it on my Van Dessel Country Road Bob. Right now it’s in winter mode with Nokian Hakkapolita tires, Planet Bike fenders, and my trusty Twisted PC pedals. The snow was really tricky and crusty but I sure got a good ride in.  Check out some more photos below. Continue reading “Brian’s Winter Ride: Van Dessel Country Road Bob” »

  • 2nd Annual Frozen Onion Race

    Really short notice, but if you’re interested in some good old ice racing and live in the Montpilier area, get yourself and your bicycle over to Hubbard park by 9:30 for registration. There are no requirements, but serious traction is reccomended. Onion River Sports will have studded tires for sale. Sounds like fun, wish I could make it. More on that here.

    For more VT related winter bike events make sure to check out 2 Planks, 2 Tires tonight at Mad River. More on that here.