Preparing for first winter commuting season
I started bike commuting full-time in February when I got a new job that wasn't a 70 mile round trip. I missed the snow season in Iowa, so I've been lurking around in here to get an idea of what I need to prepare for the coming weather.
My current ride is a 90's vintage Trek 950 (unsuspended chromoly frame). I replaced the knobbies with slicks for the summer and figured I'd just get a set of decent studded tires and be done with it. Now, I'm wondering if I'll need to do more.
My first thought is to replace the steel frame with an inexpensive aluminum frame and switch over the components. Then I started listing all the other things I'd love to replace (disc brakes, front suspension) and I ended up thinking I might as well just get a new bike.
I don't know. I'm still hashing it out. I actually can't wait for the snow to fly.