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    for this year im probably going to go with the tires mentioned above, outfit a rack and some fenders. I realize this is a pretty cheap way of going it, however if I like commuting in the winter, i will save my pennies this year, and just get another bike for next year

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cross_cx2.htm
    http://bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/tourist.htm


    either a cross or a touring bike (probably leaning towards the fantom) ...
    but that purchase would be a year away atleast.

    thanks for the help everyone! look forward to more questions from me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simko View Post
    for this year im probably going to go with the tires mentioned above, outfit a rack and some fenders. I realize this is a pretty cheap way of going it, however if I like commuting in the winter, i will save my pennies this year, and just get another bike for next year
    Excellent plan. That's exactly the plan I followed for my first winter. I didn't know if I would actually like riding all winter. I was enthusiastic, but sometimes reality is hard. So I did just studs and fenders on the bike I already had.

    As it turned out, I enjoyed cycling all winter, and what I learned that first year went directly to the specifications list I took shopping for my second year. That led me to the Trek Portland.

    Had it gone the other way, I'd have had fenders I could use in year 'round, and since I bought good studs instead of cheap, I could have sold them easily.

    Good luck!
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    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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