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Gearing up for crud(8 posts)

Gearing up for crudMass Biker
Aug 27, 2001 1:49 PM
Fair enough, the weather is fine right now, but in anticipation of crummier times in the cold/wet/dark, any thoughts on the following:

* best fenders for a road/cross bike
* best foul weather (700x28) tires

Cost (low) and functionality (high) are primary considerations. Aesthetics less so.


Trollman focuses more on....Trollman
Aug 27, 2001 1:55 PM
Trollman focuses more on outer clothing than anything else.

Flamingo rear fender for the rear during the rain, and adequate protection from the elements for the body, head and hands during the cold.

Experimentation for all of the above. Different with everyone.
trollmans a homo...ntChrisVedral
Aug 27, 2001 2:52 PM
Trollman is confused....Trollman
Aug 28, 2001 6:05 AM
Trollman answered the query in a lucid and intelligent manner and Mr. Vedral comes off with a homophobic response?

Trollman thinks Mr. Vedral has issues.

Closet homo perhaps.

What could be on your hard drive?
Go Away..dug
Aug 28, 2001 6:06 AM
Trollman - Go Away. You are an annoying jerk.

... be the bike
Check you right up (nm)cory
Aug 27, 2001 3:08 PM
re: Gearing up for crudChar
Aug 27, 2001 5:50 PM
Tires: Continental ultrasport 2000 700x28 wire bead, around $20. Good on dirt fire roads and trails and fast enough on the road wet or dry. They are a little hard to find right now, most stores only go up to the 25c size, that would be my 2nd choice; that's what I'm riding on now.

Fenders: Get something that goes around at least half of the tire. Zefal makes some plastic ones for around $25?? i think, I use them, they help a lot. I've seen some commuter bikes with nice chromed fenders from Germany, around $60-80.

Stuff I've found helpful --Greg Taylor
Aug 28, 2001 5:03 AM
Fenders: Planet Bike's "Freddy Fenders" are relatively cheap and work well. You get a decent sized front and back fender. They are mounted on bayonet clips, so you can snap them on or off very quickly. The front fender is the key for me -- it keeps my tootsies dry and keeps down the crud on my glasses.

Tires: Michelin Axial Sport -- under $10 at Nashbar. I have an old set of Mr. Tuffy tire liners that I throw in as insurance.

Other Stuff: I usually go over the bike pretty thoroughly before the winter hits. I overhaul and repack the hubs and headset with Sta-Lube Marine grease (blue, sticky, smelly stuff). It resists wash-out in bad weather. While I've got the fork off, I also make a headset seal out of an old innertube and slip it over the lower headset cup. If the frame is steel, I also give it another shot of Frame Saver, especially in the seat tube. Grease the seat post (I use some Permatex anti-sieze) and, if you are really clever, you can pack some beeswax around the top of the seat-tube and slot to keep water from weeping into the frame. New chain, and re-grease the derailleur pullys.