|Everything at our house comes in pairs.|
Each year we go through the motions of putting full fenders on a bicycle that we deem our winter training bike. Often this is some older beater bike that we don't mind giving the abuse to. However, the winter and spring training bike got a whole lot of use. You see, some of the biggest rides of the year tend to be in the late winter and early spring, before race season starts. These are the base miles if you will and often the will be four or more hour rides. Yes, that means long rides in often miserable conditions on a beater bike that isn't really all that much fun to ride.
|Ready to go.|
Last year was basically a no-op with warm temperatures and no snow. This year has been different though, especially of recent. Early season we got some light nuisance snow, not enough to actually ski on but enough to make MTB riding difficult and the roads nasty. Then it dried up and looked as though we would have another banner year. Then it got cold and started to snow. Since then we have had cold, wind and wet roads. Throw in some occasional rain and it has been a mess. Good old fashioned winter is here, so to speak.
|Disc brakes and full fenders keep things clean in the spring slop.|
The weapon of choice or at least, the weapon of physical and budgetary availability turned out to be 2012 Raleigh RX2.0 aluminum cyclocross bikes equipped with disc brakes. Chris at our shop was able to get these bikes in quickly during the cross season which was one of the biggest selling points. The competition was all unfortunately out of stock.
|Sealed cables and inline adjusters.|
The finished product is a respectable if slightly pudgy by race standards, bike that has good working components and is as fun to ride during really miserable conditions as one can expect. It also has lots of spiffy green accents that look marvelous. Accessorize! All in all, a pretty good choice for the long rides in miserable conditions that we are in the midst of,