Aspen Times Weekly: ‘Ultimate Winter Bike’

by Stephen Regenold

It’s been more than a decade since my bike tires first touched snow. Since then, my main mode of daily transport in the frozen city that is my home has been a bike.

From fat bikes to fender-equipped cyclocross steeds, I have tried every incarnation over the years. This season, as the snow settled on Minneapolis, I challenged area industry stalwart Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) to build an ultimate winter ride.

The result is a fixed-gear speedster pared down to just the essentials for commuting and urban errands in the cold. The chain is rust-resistant, the tires studded to grip on ice and snow. Integrated lights keep me visible, as do glow-in-dark grips under my hands.

In all, this is one esoteric build, including an aesthetic that borrows from the urban fixed-gear scene though with gloss touches like a Brooks saddle, chromed decals, and a brass bell.

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