I started riding fixed about 3 months ago and love it. I've been riding anywhere I can, which has been sweet since the weather has been great. Awesome right? Unfortunately, I live in Cleveland and by my guess I probably have about a month left of sunshine before it starts sleeting and snowing. I can deal with those conditions, but I'm worried about exposing my bike to all the water and salt that comes with winter. Does anyone have any suggestions (products) that I can use to protect my ride? Thanks.
If you're moderately meticulous about cleaning your bike, winter isn't much of a problem. When the streets are salted, flip the bike over and get the salt residue off the frame, fork and pedals (and toeclips if applicable) after each ride. Make sure you clean and seal up any chips in the paint also. Once a week or so, wipe down the chain, chainring and cog, rims and spokes (especially the nipples, which tend to corrode and become unusable quickly), and re-lube the chain. If you have loose bearing hubs, check them every couple of weeks and repack them when they start to get dirty. That's what I've always done, and no problems. If you're okay with your steel parts getting surface rust, you should be fine. If you're wanting to keep everything in pristine shape, putting together a cheapo beater is a good idea.