@Spoo72 Thanks for reaching out!
Winter is a great time to ride your bike, even in the cold midwest! I've ridden my bike year round for a while now (many years riding in winter in Alaska) and can say that winter riding definitely has its challenges but is worth it if you love to ride!
At this time, due to unprecedented demand, manufacturing delays, and extended shipping timelines, our options for available bikes is very limited. In the models we do have available, finding the correct size can be a challenge. As an example, we currently only have one model of hardtail mountain bike available, the Co-op Cycles DRT 2.2, and only in size extra-small and small. Our most affordable mountain bike, the Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1, will not be back in stock until early next year. For a road/gravel hybrid option, the Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1 is looking like it may be back in stock in the coming weeks. Your best bet is to keep your eye on our website pretty frequently, we are getting stock in, particularly in our most affordable bike models, and selling through them quickly after they land on our site.
Here are a few more thoughts about winter riding:
Your riding style, distance, time of day, terrain, and condition of the terrain (I seem to recall salting of the roads being common in Chicago, at least when I lived close to the city many years ago), are all factors that will weigh in to how you want to approach winter riding. For any winter riding, the three most important considerations are:
Hopefully this helps guide you in the right direction. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions!
Some good tips from @REI-JohnJ but I'll add a couple. The Tips article he posted touches on these but I wanted to call attention to them: