I was so proud of my lovely wife today. She posted a status update on Facebook that read:
"rode a bike today. outside. just need an nice thick gel seat cover on the husbands single speed crotchhatchet studded tire winter bike and voila!"
She did so well with the 30 Days of Biking challenge that she pretty much continued to ride her bike every day beyond that initial challenge until winter sunk its teeth into us. Now, as February advances, she's sampling the sublime pleasures (and by "sublime pleasures" I mean "discomfort") of winter cycling. I am glad the gel seat made a difference for her. She's got the clothes for this, and she's plenty tough. Maybe it's the saddle...
I think it helped that this frame is smaller than she normally rides. Small frames are good for a winter bike, IMHO. This unit also has a relatively long top tube and a long stem, which stretches her out more than her fair-weather bike(s). Like many women, she's long torso/short leg, so I am not surprised this bike fit her, but we need to take some notes here on bike fit since she liked this, and she can be notoriously hard to please when it comes to bike comfort.
I have been contemplating a single speed build for her, and this post makes that more likely.
While I take some slight offense at her characterization of my trusty Raleigh M-200, I do have to admit that this bike is kind of a single-speed crotchhatchet studded tire winter bike.