Today is a dark rainy day here. I am hoping that by sharing all the winter photos of bikes around Boston which I've not yet published maybe I can drive winter out of town.
Check out these tough bikes that, with more or less grace, have withstood the winter of 2008-2009.
This "Dutch" bike looks so sturdy with her fenders and the chaincase fully enclosed. On this day it seemed more to protect the chain than to protect the rider's trousers. I am sure there's much less salt in there than on my bike! I am not so sure about leaving the helmet outside though. Could be icky.
My Dawes ran like a champ, despite the enormous piles of snow.
This ANT was waiting in an office park with quiet dignity. In summertime these racks are full of all manner of bikes. In winter it's just the ANT.
I was happy to see a Schwinn Coffee in person. They look so nice in the catalog, but the price is so low, I wondered what they'd be like in person. They seem like a good choice for a city bike if one really wants an affordable shiny unscratched NEW bike. I think one can do better for the money second-hand, but if that's not an option then this certainly is a reasonable one.
Here's the affordable second-hand option, a mis-mash of Raleigh parts in typical Bostonian 'function-trumps-all'. This is certainly a winter battle-wagon, and chic in its own eccentric way.