I've been a three-season commuter up until now, but a winter of riding the Green Line/57 bus has put an end to that. I just can't handle another winter of paying for the privilege of being sandwiched into a sardine can of a trolley that in all likelihood is going to break down anyway, leaving me to hike a couple miles through the snow. So, I'm going to give this winter commute thing a shot.
My main concern is about bike care. I figure I've got the clothing bit down (one thing I'm not short of is winter clothing), and I will get a tire rec from my LBS and do some light upgrades (I have a cateye headlight and standard blinky for the rear). What I need, though, is info on how to care for my beloved Trek 7.5, given the amount of salt and crud and mess it's going to be subjected to. Or should I maybe not even be using the Trek? I'm really fond of the bike, and if trashing is inevitable, maybe I should just get a winter beater. What do y'all think?