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    north east winter time comutes

    What do I need to do my first full winter time of commuting in the north east?
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
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    Non-bike commuters say we need our heads examined!

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    These are good: Bar Mitts - Ride in Comfort

    Mtbxplore uses pogoes: Pogies

    Multi layers. Gloves, balaclavas, warm boots. Feet, hands, and head warmth are critical.

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    What do you NEED and what makes life a lot easier are different questions.

    Studded tires
    Fenders
    Windproof/insulated gloves
    Hat/skull cap for under your helmet
    Face warmer/balaklava
    Winter shoes/boots
    Pants
    Jacket
    Insulating layers
    Base layers
    Wool socks

    Not all of those are necessary, but they make life easier.

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    thanks all. It should be a fun winter
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
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    You need a light.

    Boston: December 8, 2013- sunrise 7:01AM, sunset 4:11PM.

    I find fenders necessary too.

    I'd also recommend an extremely simple bike - preferably a single speed with disc brakes. The salt and slush will gunk up your derailleurs and V-brakes/cantis in just a few days rendering them useless. If you do stick with rim brakes - expect the grime to wear your pads and rims quickly.

    Around here, some cities salt... but some SAND. What a mess! Salt corrodes everything and sand wears it down.

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    How far north and east will you be riding?

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    just a little of both
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    Go north and east enough and you can be in Labrador.

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    60mm stem?
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by connolm View Post
    You need a light.

    Boston: December 8, 2013- sunrise 7:01AM, sunset 4:11PM.

    I find fenders necessary too.

    I'd also recommend an extremely simple bike - preferably a single speed with disc brakes. The salt and slush will gunk up your derailleurs and V-brakes/cantis in just a few days rendering them useless. If you do stick with rim brakes - expect the grime to wear your pads and rims quickly.

    Around here, some cities salt... but some SAND. What a mess! Salt corrodes everything and sand wears it down.
    Yes on the lights and fenders. Starz85's list is great too.

    I ride a bike with a derailleur and canti brakes as my main winter bike and don't have any problems unless it is really slushy and cold. That will foul up the shifting but it only happens a few times a year on the worst days. I've ridden it through 3 winters with salt and sand with no significantly increased wear.

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    thanks got the fender and an internal geared hub with belt drive to. all so got the bags and rack. think im off to a good start..
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
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