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    Roadie or 1x1 commuter?

    It's a little more complex than that but here goes:

    I have been commuting on my old raleigh roadie for a while now and love it. Get to work faster than in my car (10 miles @25 mins) and don't have to pay for parking! The roadie is a POS but it's running pretty good for now. My commute is 95% straight, level, bike trails with only a few stops.

    I also have a brand new Surly 1x1 that I'm trying to find a use for. Currently it's set up 32x16 for mtbing but living in Denver there are few mtb trails that I can pedal this thing on better than my FS rig. So I'm thinking of turning this into a commuter for winter with some thinner, but ice gripping tires, a rack, and a HUGE chainring. I love hauling ass and don't want to slow down too much with this conversion but some slowing is to be expected.

    My question is this: Will a Surly 1x1 be a decent (winter) commuter if I put all this work into it, or should I ditch this idea and stay with the roadie.

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    i don't know if you have been commuting in the winter, but both bikes will be fine. i have 2 bikes i commute with ( i live in minnesota), a raleigh technium road bike and a trek 820 mtb. the raleigh, i use all season long, i just switch out the tires for a 700x32 for the winter months. the trek, i use it from fall to spring. but i have been wanting to single speed the trek for a couple years now because of the winter months. for me, i have noticed that when there is snow on the ground, i only tend to use 1 gear so converting to single speed is ideal.

    the answer: YES. add fenders also for the slush during winter season.

    do you need studded tires for the winter?: from my personal experience, it is overkill. but it does help when you are riding on ice 90-100% of the time.

    hope this helps. keep the rubber side down!

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    Yeah, I'll be new to winter commuting and I know that here in Denver, it's not always frozen, I just want to make sure I'm prepared so I don't wuss out and start driving. Definitely gonna get fenders for the winter as well as all the other cold weather gear. Thanks!

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    You may want to setup the 1x1 as fixed. The extra control really helps on slick surfaces and the drivetrain is much more reliable than single speed.

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    You could use either, but I prefer super-fat tired mtbs for snow. Plus ss or fixed is nice when it's time to clean up all that nasty road/gravel/slush grime.

    Your 1x1 with some WierWolfs would be sweet in the snow.

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    You could use either, but I prefer super-fat tired mtbs for snow. Plus ss or fixed is nice when it's time to clean up all that nasty road/gravel/slush grime.

    Your 1x1 with some WierWolfs would be sweet in the snow.

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