Winterizing

As you know I do quite a lot of cycling and between us hubby and I have a variety of bikes, including two tandems (well three actually, but one is for sale). Among mine are two classic road racing bikes which I use for ‘retro’ events. However none of my bikes, including my modern road bike, have been very suitable for winter riding, having skinny tyres and no mudguards.

Last winter I fell off on black ice and, amongst other bruises, I ended up with the worst black eye you have ever seen. I don’t want a repeat performance this year, I’m getting too old to fall off! So hubby decided to ‘winterize’ my Henry Burton classic road bike.

The bike was hand built in the 60’s by a local  former bike racer/bike frame builder (Henry Burton – alas no longer with us but his son now runs the shop). He found it at our local bike charity shop a few years ago. The frame was very lightweight, a Henry Burton trademark, and just my size so hubby bought it and restored it for me. It is the only one of mine that has room to fit substantial mudguards, hence the decision to ‘winterize’ this particular one. When we got the bike it only had 5 gears, which was fine on gently undulating lanes as it was so lightweight, however going up steep hills was a bit of a challenge and eventually hubby added an extra front chain ring giving me a 10 gear range. Job done; until he ‘winterized’ it a couple of weeks ago.

He changed the wheels for ones with wider and more grippy tyres instead of the ‘slicks’ and he added the aforementioned substantial mudguards. By gum, it is now one heavy bike – as I discovered when I road out on it and once more found that hills are a struggle.

Back to the drawing board. This resulted with him adding yet another, smaller, chain ring to the front chain set a couple of days ago, giving me a possible 15 gears and, more to the point the chance of a much lower gear setting. He tells me that I will now be able to ride up the side of a house.

I haven’t tried it out yet, perhaps I will this weekend – but not up the side of the house!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jules
    Nov 20, 2020 @ 16:34:11

    So nice to have handy hubby’s! I hope you enjoy your winter riding.
    We took a little road trip to play a couple of games of Duck Pin bowling.
    I’m glad I wore extra layers… not that I’m a weather wimp, but the alley was kept at 60 F. That’s 8 degrees lower than what I keep my home!

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    • Libby
      Nov 22, 2020 @ 15:18:28

      We wrap up well with thermal layers for winter cycling. Have tested the bike – it is much better but the new chain ring needs a little bit of adjusting as it doesn’t change up and down very smoothly. Out on No 1 tandem today – with electric assist so much easier!

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  2. Shepherd Cathy
    Nov 20, 2020 @ 17:48:42

    On Friday, November 20, 2020, By The Wobbly Dum-Dum Tree wrote:

    > Libby posted: “As you know I do quite a lot of cycling and between us > hubby and I have a variety of bikes, including two tandems (well three > actually, but one is for sale). Among mine are two classic road racing > bikes which I use for ‘retro’ events. However none of my b” >

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  3. elaine patricia
    Nov 20, 2020 @ 21:00:33

    Good luck. Stay safe.

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  4. Uncool Cycling Club
    Nov 22, 2020 @ 01:53:48

    Wishing you a wonderful season of winter cycling 😎

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