I guess it's about time to think about how to get through this winter. Basically, I want to ride my Bianchi San Jose,which was stolen in the spring, but replacing it is not a financial option
I don't have a ton of money to devote to this. I also receive a U-Pass as part of my tuition, so I know that if I don't have a bike that's well-suited to winter riding, I'll
just take CTA. Nothing wrong with that!- I just would prefer to keep
Here are my options:
-Ride my touring bike, which already made it through one winter of riding, but I then had to spend a ton of money in the spring having it overhauled and getting a new rear
derailleur (it had seized up from the salt or something). I love this
bike and would be devastated if it got stolen. It is covered
with stickers, though, and all the decals have come off, so it's not
much to look at. I prefer riding fixed when it's snowy and icy, which
would not be an option on this bike.
-Ride my fixie, which does not have enough clearance for fenders or wider tires, but which is easy to take care of and clean. I like it a lot but am not super attached to
-Sell my fixie and spend the money buying something more practical for winter riding. This would be my top plan, except I am concerned that September is not a particularly great time to sell a bike for what it's worth.
-Buy a beater bike for cheap, keep it clean but don't invest much in its care. I have never cared for this approach in the past, although now that I'm rather broke it's
sounding like a good option. My concern is that I might not enjoy
riding it very much, and if that's the case I'll more frequently opt
for CTA, or just not leaving the house.
What to do?