I have never riden a bike in the winter time, but ever since I've started commuting to work, I find myself cringing at the thought of having to give it up due to snow. Therefore, I'm looking into winter biking. Being in mid Michigan, I'm able to avoid the worst of the snow fall (No lake effect, but we do get a good amount of snow). The winds make it chilly too, so I'm prepping my wardrobe as well.
However, in regards to the bike, I find myself a bit clueless. I've been looking in the forums here and have received a few ideas, but I could use some additional help from you fine folks. I don't want to use my 'good' bike that I use for riding now, so I dug out an old bike from college days. This is one of those "it'll do the job and I don't care if it gets dirty/ruined/messed up" type deals.
Some things I'm already aware of
-Tires: I plan on buying studded tires.
-Lights: I'm getting some lights for my regular bike, I'll just transfer those over to this one.
-Waterbottles: Yup, gotta get some (took them off this one for my current one).
Rear Rack: I have a rear rack which attaches to the seat post, but I do not know if I'll really need it. I can keep clothes at work, and I can wear a backpack to carry my extra things. I currently use panniers, but they are not waterproof.
Fenders: I read about them a lot, but have never used them. With the poor connector bits on this bike, would I be able to even attach fenders? (The only hold is the one at the bottom (in the photo) on front and back, and the top holes are the ones for the reflectors.
Gears: My commute is all roads and flat. Would it be wise to change how my gearing is done?
Pedals: I'll probably stick with the cages, as I'd like to wear heavier boots .
Biggest problem: I don't have a lot of money to make big changes on this, so things like $200 parts are a bit out of the question *grumble*
Any suggestions? Thanks a ton!
PS Yes...it is a pink guys bike. At the time it was the best bike I could afford and the only other color was a sort of cosmo-vomit green that was sickening to the site. Plus I figured, how many people at college are going to have a pink bike like this? It worked...bike was never stolen (It's also probably a lot more visible in the winter time).