I found my winter bike on Specialized.com.  It’s a single speed “Performance Urban”

single speed offroad performance urban

Globe Centrum Sport

What a beautiful bike!  I’m so excited!

I was worried about salt, and rightly so.  I called Goodales and they helped me out.  Fortunately this bike has an aluminum frame.  They also said I’d have to replace the breaks and cassette every year if I’m planning on commuting through the winter.  Fortunately (or unfortunately?) this is a single speed.  Maybe I won’t have to replace as much, but will I burn out?  On the other hand, it’s a slick looking single speed, yay!

Ice Bikes has a ton of useful information.  Clearly, I’m not the first person to try to ride year round in the snowy parts of the world.  I will have to read up on clothing during wet conditions, studded tires, and salt.

Kent’s Bike Blog has a great article about why a fixie is the best choice for an icy commute.  Maybe I can easily make the Centrum a fixie?  For more information about fixed gear bicycles, click here.

Also thanks to my great aunt Anette for an enormous contribution to my winterbike fund.  Happy birthday, too!

Update: I have the opportunity to buy back my old mountain bike.  It will only cost $200, it has several gears, steel frame, and is more than 10 years old.

Here’s the breakdown:

New Bike vs Old Bike

  • Cost: $530 – $200
  • Gears: 1 – 21
  • Frame: Aluminum – Steel
  • Age: 0 – 10+

I’m worried about the cassette and frame disintegrating with the road salt.  I love that old bike; I don’t want to destroy it.  Aluminium is more resiliant, and a fixed gear bike will give me better road feedback on slippery roads (It will be easy to convert the SS to a fixie).

I am currently undecided.

I bought the Centrum!

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