A winter bike is a great idea — but not so great if you hate riding it. For the new issue of Cycling Active, tech writer Rob Hoyles tells us the recipe for his perfect off-season steed
There’s a long-standing tradition in cycling that the real enthusiast needs at least two bikes — a ‘best bike’ and a ‘winter bike’.
The problem is, if your best bike is a real dream to ride, you’re hardly likely to feel motivated to head out on a three-hour ride in the freezing cold on an overweight, underperforming shonker that doesn’t really fit properly. Even if it does mean sparing your pride and joy from the ravages of a winter spent coating its most delicate parts in rainwater and road salt. What you need, then, is a ‘best winter bike’ resplendent with full mudguards.
I’ve ridden enough bikes to be pretty damn picky when it comes to tech. That’s why I’ve been racking my brains about my ideal winter bike, and here’s the final recipe for something that can stand the worst of the elements, yet still ride like a dream. Read why I chose each component in the new issue of Cycling Active, out now — and watch the video at the bottom of this page to see our in-house mechanic Kaye Patton build the bike in under a minute! (With a bit of help from the video editing suite.)
What’s your ideal winter bike? Let us know in the comments below.
Rob’s winter bike costings
- Dolan Preffisio frame (£199.99)
- Deda RHM02 bars (£25.99)
- Deda Zero 2 stem (£26.99)
- Deda RSx02 seatpost (£35.99)
- Shimano 105 5800 groupset (£499.99)
- Shimano 105 5800 pedals (£79.99)
- Fizik Antares R3 saddle (£139.99)
- Swiss Side Gotthard wheels (£403.94)
- Continental Grand Prix 4Seasons tyres (£109.90)
- Inner tubes (£10)
- Prologo Skintouch bar tape (£15.99)
- SKS Chromoplastics mudguard 700c P35 (£33.99)
- Bottom bracket facing (£25)
- Steerer cutting (£25)