Name: Mark McClure
Occupation: Tech Specialist for a law firm.
1) Bianchi Infinito w/ Campy Veloce.
2) 80’s Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) road bike converted to a fixed gear.
Winter Bike: Currently the fixed gear w/ Bontrager cyclocross 38mm tires, which I’m not enjoying after a decent snowfall because it feels like I’m shoveling with every pedal stroke. I much prefer the five-year-old, 23mm Zaffiro slicks that had been on this bike since I built it. They cut through snow incredibly well and I have never fallen while riding at a reasonable speed.
Local Bike Shop: For fixes, Ben at One on One is great: he’s a great mechanic and is very fast (excellent labor and rental rates). For new sales I’d go to Erik’s in Bloomington and ask for Daniel Soderstrom. He is amazing, honest and thorough.
Days you ride per year: Around 320
Best part of riding in winter: You can really ride hard, have a fun time and not get too hot. AND I love that the City of Mpls plows all of the bike/running trails. It’s great having a designated space that’s taken care of and keeps you away from cars.
Worst part of riding in winter: Salt and schmutz.
How far is your commute? 7 miles total
Any tips for someone looking to get into winter riding? Be careful but just get out there and ride! It’s refreshing and you’ll have the trails almost entirely to yourself.