Well I think the beater MB is ready to go. I've got it all tuned up except for the broken FD shifter. I just rigged that to stay on the large chain ring. The studded Conti tires are working well and handled sleety icy roads just fine this morning and then some patches of snow on the afternoon ride. Installed a set of Planet Bike fenders today and they clear the tires just fine. Had to rig the front a bit as there was no where to secure the one side. Nothing a tiewrap couldn't handle. Only issue is the saddle soaked up a good bit of water this morning. Love to here suggestions on how to fix that problem. This afternoon I just wrapped it in a plastic bag. I have a Magicshine lamp for the front and a blinkie out back. I've also covered a good bit of the rear with red reflective tape as all my weekday rides end in the dark. I just curious to see how well things stay working this winter. Don't know if the V brakes will let me down or if the fenders will ice up in real snowy conditions.
Oh and the Fox Wear jacket I just got is terrific. Very warm, water resistant, and handles wind just fine. When I got home this morning it was covered in tiny dropplets of road spray and mud. I shook it all and how it looks brand new, cool!