Last summer I built my Ersatz Gran Prix frankenbike (the black/green bike in attached photo) with the intent of having a machine that could be just a beater and suitable for winter riding - run hard and but to bed wet, salt, brine, mud and all. That would enable me to get in a lot more riding, on the messy winter roads around here, than I got in last winter. The trouble I ran into though was that I'd actually grown kinda of fond of the Ersatz and really did not want to get salt power on the frame and in the bearings and all over the place.
So: a friend had given me a Sears Free Spirit that I was going to just clean up and get rid of somehow - something to do in the dark, cold months. Its one size smaller than I normally ride but I decided to overhaul it, mod it as needed and see if it would make a Salt Road bike. And it does, thanks. As you can see, I simplified it by trashing all the reflectors and the decals and cut out a few yards of white cable housing. I did not want to deal with stem shifters so I modified the lever set to mount on the downtube and adjusted the housing/cable length. I also found that who ever either designed or made the handlebars must have done so of a Friday as they were pretty short - so a chopped set of mtn bike bar ends took care of that. The bottom level pedals were bent a bit which drove me crazy so I got a nice set of Atom square cage pedals and Christophe 'mini toe clips'. Those and the Kashimax saddle are probably worth more than the whole rest of the bike. So what. It works just fine and and I'm riding this winter. At 38 lbs it sure should help keep me in shape.
Show us your Salty Roads bikes - the ones that you're riding thru the muck without worry this winter.