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
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