This is a big purchase item for me: the bike alone with fenders installed cost $2266.88 (the lbs put spiked snow tires on and installed 4 bottle cages at no cost). The LongTail Xtra cycle kit, shower cap, and extra chain, cost an additional $ 390.00 (this is including postage and import duties). Consequently, I am into this bike for $2656.88
I rationalized this purchase due to the fact that I will be discarding my truck the minute that it breaks down (its on its last leg) -- it is then that I will begin my life as commuter. I also really wanted to get the 2010 model before they sell out as I like the sloping geometry of the top tube.
The Big Dummy is the ultimate commuter, and as a bonus I think that the bike will make an excellent touring bike. I can't wait to load it up with my camping gear and take it touring.
Any advise out their from other Big Dummies? How do they handle in the snow?