I'm looking for the perfect New England winter/rain bike and have it down to two very different options. I don't commute and would use the bike primarily for training and running errands. I ride my road bike when it's nice out and will likely only use my winter/rain bike on paved roads.
1. 2007 Marin Kentfield hybrid. I currently own this bike and got it for a good price on CL. It's equipped with fenders and 35c tires. It seems like a great winter bike, but my hesitation comes from reading BF and discovering that derailers and gears can easily malfunction in inclement weather. How big of a concern is this? I live in a studio apartment and do not have the ability to wash down my bike after every ride. The only maintenance I can do is to wipe down and lube the drivetrain, but I'd like to avoid doing so after every trip.
2. Origin 8 Uno single speed/fixed gear. The SS/FG eliminates any worry of salt/water/dirt mucking up my drivetrain. I'm also interested in trying out a fixed gear bike. Seems like this one would be a great commuter and it's reasonably priced. It has eyelets for fenders, but only comes with 26c tires (maybe a max of 28).
So, how big of a concern are geared bikes when the weather turns nasty? I don't plan on riding in heavy rain/snow, but figure that a lot of melted ice, salt, and sand will be on the roads here throughout winter. Should I just keep the hybrid and run it to the ground? Will I regret buying the SS/FG after riding it through a winter? What would the BF gurus go with?