[Eric & Laurel sent us these photos of their winter bikes. —ed.]
It’s spring here in Edmonton Alberta, but that means a 10 degrees below freezing in the morning, and 10 above in the afternoon. Melting snow means solid ice at 6am, deep puddles at 4 pm. Also means the winter beater bike is still in use, with spike tires.
The wife has a Miele outfitted with spike tires, and one functional front chainring as the deirailleurs freeze up. She was looking to put an internal hub on it, but carbon forks ruled out that.
The Brodie Section 8 is both a cargo hauler and a commuter bike for the winter. I do a paper route in the early morning, then remove the trailer for a 7 mile commute to my main job after that. I need the weatherproof nexus internal hub and the drum brakes. The handle bar mitts are essential for keeping the hands warm, and protecting the brake levers and shifters.
We live in Edmonton Alberta, across the river from downtown Edmonton. The photos are taken on the bike path in front of our high-rise.