Winter is brutal, but the commute doesn’t have to be. We’re here to prepare fellow winter warriors with the tools necessary to get from point A to point B without the snow and cold getting you down. Here’s our roundup of the best commuter bikes for winter 2020.
Introducing the U.S. Chromoly Cortello by Detroit Bikes
Look no further than the U.S. Chromoly Cortello! Made from American chromoly steel, this bike’s frame has the perfect amount of flex, giving you a comfortable ride even in treacherous conditions. It also comes equipped with a KMC anti-rust chain, so there is no need to worry about the harmful effects of road salt. The little things are taken care of, like a standard-issue bell so that you can alert others of your presence.
But what makes this bike really shine in the winter is its Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires, hydraulic disc brakes, and Shimano XT 10-speed derailleur. Not only do the tires and disk brakes help give you confidence and stability while riding, but its 1x10 drivetrain is also designed to take out the frustration associated with bikes that use cross gearing. Instead, this bike shifts effortlessly, and you won’t have to worry about stumbling through excessive gears (especially with gloves on!).
The Mountain Bike: Novara Ponderosa
Buying a mountain bike for commuting may seem unnecessary. But the features that make the Novara Ponderosa well suited for mountain trails will also help you on your winter commute.
Mountain bikes have significantly larger tires to tackle tumultuous terrain. With the extra traction, these tires will increase your control on snow and ice. This model boasts 25.7 inch wheels, and is complete with hydraulic disc brakes to back it up. This type of enhanced braking system will allow you to make quick stops, even in the worst conditions.
If you’re looking for versatility, fit for year-round riding, look no further. The Ponderosa allows you to rotate the tires for every condition easily.
- Made of triple-butted aluminum
- Twenty gears which allow better control
- All in weight is 28.6 pounds
Fat Tire: The Minnesota 2.0
Instead of trekking through the snow, why not ride over it? Fat tire bikes have grown in popularity recently, thanks to their unique ability to roll on top of the snow. Mimicking the effect of snowshoes and getting you where you want to go without sinking off-road snowdrifts. The Minnesota 2.0 combines all the best features of a traditional mountain bike, with two 'Fat' 26" x 4" tires.
But it isn't all about size! Thanks to the wide nature of the tires, they are able to fit far more threads. Regular downhill mountain bikes are only able to fit about 60 TPI (threads per inch). But this bike has twice that amount! At 120 TPI, the extra threads give you far more traction on winter road conditions.
Although built for the elements, the Minnesota 2.0 remains balanced with lightweight features, including its "FRAMED" handlebars, grips, and seat post. Fat tire bikes are thought of as being heavy and hard to maneuver, but the Minnesota 2.0 has found a way to find harmony with durability and agility.
Bonus: Winter Riding Tips
Plan out your commute ahead of time – If possible, pay attention to the direction of the wind and try to make sure it is to your back during the majority of your commute, you will have a much more comfortable ride.
- Keep your bike in good shape – Make sure you have enough air in your tires since you lose one pound of pressure with every 10 degrees drop in temperature. Luckily, every Detroit Bike comes with a free bike pump!
- Ride safely – Don’t ride too fast and only use your rear brakes when stopping to avoid spinning out in icy road conditions. Avoid rushing by giving yourself some extra time to ride.
- Keep it cold – You should keep your bike stored in a cool (covered) place during the winter. If your bike is warm, it is more likely to accumulate ice in areas like your chain and sprocket.
If you are interested in purchasing a bike or would like to learn more about the U.S. Chromoly Cortello, visit our online bike shop today!