As the weather started getting colder, I had been thinking about either tuning up my winter beater, or replacing it. Then I saw that Urbane Cyclist was clearing out a winter specific commuting bike, and so I took the plunge. The Louis Garneau Cityzen Sub Zero has not been produced for a couple of years. It originally retailed for $799, and Urbane got a deal from a distributor and was selling them for $650. Right now, they are clearing them out at $480. The bike has an aluminum frame, internal Nexus 7 speed hub, drum brakes and it comes with studded tires, which is probably the reason they didn’t sell very well.
Here is my bike when I picked it up. I had the straight bars swapped for VO Left Bank handlebars, since my wrists are much happier with this type of setup.
Urbane swaps out the Kenda Klondikes for nice Conti street tires for free. These are a $40 tire, and they will sell you back the Klondikes for $20 each if you want them. People seem to be electing to get the street tires, hence the big box of takeoffs that you see in the parts department.
I realize that the Klondikes aren’t going to be as nice as Schwalbe Winter Marathons, but hey, studded tires for $20.
This is a screaming good deal for an internally geared city bike, whether or not you plan to use it as a winter bike. I’ve heard that they are selling pretty fast at this point. If it is not to your taste, you can spend a similar amount of money on this cute belt drive kid’s bike.
While it was snowing a bit this afternoon, I mounted a rack on the Sub Zero. If it doesn’t warm up this week, I’ll swap in the studded tires as well. Finally, I’m going to figure out how to mount a kickstand on this baby. Then I’ll really be ready for winter.
As a postscript, here is an item from this week’s issue of the Grid: