I ride all winter. Bad idea to do it on a steel framed bike?
I commute to work year round on my bike. Last winter I rode an aluminum-framed Downtube Mini. Worked out great with minimal if any damage to the bike as a result of the snow/salt/water.
Now my Mini's in need of repair and I just obtained a mint 2007 Dahon Speed D7. I'm thinking that this bike will servet he purpose this winter. But this bike has a steel (CrMo 4130) frame. Paint job is perfect, no chips yet. I haven't treated the frame with FrameSaver because I do not have the tools / time / $ to strip it down to the frame for the treatment.
So what do you think? Am I going to regret riding a steel framed bike in the winter? I will be able to wash it off / dry it off nightly in my apt.