Just a long term Anchorage commuter, I'm not "hardcore" and when it's solid ice and ruts I tend to walk instead . I generally do between 9 to 15,000 miles a year between quite a few bikes. Normally with racks full of important supplies. . . like. . um. . beer from the brewery down the street. . .yeah. ..
specialized hardrock (managed to break everything but the frame and learned to replace it all)
schwinn suburban (boy did I HATE fixing the FFS)
schwinn city speedster (no clue on year, have to scrape the awful patch paint off at some point)
schwin varsity fixie
redline monocog (building a new set of wheels for this at the moment)
Adzuke market bike
Been learning to do most of my own maint over the past few years after some rather substandard repairs locally (besides, I've established that while shops SHOULD charge for repairs my own time is worthless). Let me tell you how much fun it was to find most of a bottle of loctite holding a headset in place when I went to replace it.
Well, you never know. You could give in and find yourself riding a bike in the winter anyway. I figure it's faster to ride in the winter and deal with windchill than walk in winter for 3- 4 times as long and deal with windchill.
Welcome to the forums! Check out our Winter Cycling forum when you get closer to winter. Maybe some of their ideas can help you to figure out if it's feasible for you.
aww koffee I ride in winter, I just knock it off when the trails are too covered to get through and the roads are just ruts. I figure I get about 9-10 months a year cycling before I finally give in around dec 20th or so. Combat boots and a dremel = track cleat bottoms
But you know... they still ride their bikes in Sweden too. I went to Lulea, up in the north, and even the mailmen still rode their route by bike, and that's some cold shyte, especially being that close to the arctic circle.
C'mon! You can dooooooooo it! (quoting the Waterboy)