Ok, quick background...moved from San Diego to Minneapolis, and I commute and have a considerable amount of experience with it, in perfect weather with a little rain here and there. I want to commute this winter, it's 20 miles round trip and hilly, hilly as in compared to the pacific coastline. There are 2 monsters and easy inclines after that. My question is do you just outfit your current rig with studs or do you have a dedicated winter commuter? I currently commute on my trek 520 with 32s and find it a perfect fit for me as well as the commute. I have never ridden bikes in the winter(i am from Wisconsin so i have some sort of an idea what I'm getting into) and am concerned with 2 things;
1. Road bike/touring bike stability. I love the efficiency of them but am worried about the obstacles I would face on it. Is it a pita to deal with the snow/ice on them compared to a mtb?
2. Energy output, efficiency on the somewhat already challenging commute. I have an old 90s trek 800 that I can outfit as the winter commuter but commuting on it kind of makes me cringe. It can handle anything but I assume its going to take a lot more time and energy to get anywhere of a considerable distance. Again this is an assumption based on differences in commuting during perfect weather. Is the speed/efficiency still drastically different once more aggressive tires and old man winter get thrown into the mix? And yes, my good weather comparisons are based on the mtb in question having quality high pressure slicks installed. I had a trek 8000 as a b bike in Cali, and the differences in efficiency were very noticeable on the 25 mile round trip commute I had there. Thanks in advance for any suggestions and how you personally tackle this. Anyone who commutes on a bike I salute you. Those who do it in the winter as well, you are my heroes