Happy Holidays all --
I have both a Trek 7.3 FX and a Specialized Rockhopper, and have a 10 mile commute three days a week. The commute is downtown Lansing, MI, and I'm not too sure on the road conditions. The current way I go is with traffic, but I'm thinking I'll get on a back road once the snow hits for the extra protection of not having many cars around me.
I made plans to ride the Trek down to work because it's a commuter and I think it has room for fenders and a rack, possibly converting it to a fixie (it might not have horizontal dropouts ). If I rode the Trek, I'd get some different tires and add the rack, lights, etc.
Would the Rockhopper be a better alternative for me? It's slower, but the tires are fatter and I would think there'd be less problems falling. Also - what about the shocks and components on these bikes? If I rode the Trek as a fixie, or a SS, it would be minimal maintenance.
Thanks for all the help!