I've on these forums for a while, but I'm now facing my first ever winter riding (read: snow riding) this coming February when I move to MN for my new job. I've been kicking around a few ideas about what bike to get for the task, as I only have a road bike and a fixed gear for my riding out here in CA. The LBS that I frequent has proposed building a beater bike from an old mountain bike frame with a single speed drivetrain and a bunch of used, but reliable parts. I like the idea, as I can use it and abuse it without being too heartbroken over any damage or vandalism that it might endure, and it's cheap. The other option that I was kicking around is a Kona Smoke, but from what I've read on here, the salted roads are murder on your drivetrain, and they aren't readily available out here in Sacramento.
Help me out, guys!