I have had bad luck with 2 part casting resins , is there an easy-to-use product on the market?
Necessary: -kool-stop salmon brake pads - BRIGHT lights - rainpants, Frogtoggs are cheap and good - rubber knee-high boots - glittens - goggles - balaclava - practice fishtailing (skidding) on mud and wet grass, very different from clear pavement. -bus pass Helpful: - classic drop handlebars as the wind feels at least three times as dense in winter and availability of an aero-position is a cheap luxury - lower the saddle .5 - 1 inches for more wiggle room navigating chunks of car-poop and newly formed potholes - fenders - dual fixed hub w/ 4 tooth difference between cogs and a short chain extension with 2nd master link, choose a chainring to go with a ~14t cog for non-snow riding and then have a 18 or bigger cog for when you get the inevitable heavy wet snowstorm. Not necessary: - knobby tires (they help in dirt but seriously do almost nothing in snow) - being a badass and trying to ride when ice is forecasted I have a second bike that I built up for dealing with the ice with studded tires. I've put it to good use nine times in the last four years. I'm turning it back into a trail bike and leaving it that way. When the ice is bad enough that you need studs, it is also bad enough that you don't want to share the road at all with the cars. I do keep a pack of stainless steel guitar strings in my toolkit along with a few scraps of cloth (to protect the rim) just in case after working the night shift the formerly clear roads have turned into oily glass.