I'd like some feedback from the Winter Cycling forum on an idea I had.
It's "the ultimate, basic winter bike". Goals are to make it relatively inexpensive, as maintenance-free and corrosion-proof as possible, and yet usable with non-winter tires year-round.
I was thinking something along these lines-
-26" wheels (alloy of course) due to tire availability and cost, everything from racing slicks to balloon slicks to huge fat studded tires. Possibly a pair of 26" mags.
-Drop bars, for hand positions, looks, and general usability. Sacrifices some off-road handling capability but does better than flats or risers everywhere else.
-One-piece crank with alloy or chrome chainring. Heavy, but easy to rebuild with basic tools and pretty much indestructible. If one gets rusted to oblivion, replacements are very cheap.
-Fixed-gear, but with a "hybrid"-type ratio (usually about 55-70 GI) to make it suitable for normal use as well as winter bombardment. Again implies a compromise, but seems doable if you know your ideal gear range.
-Generator headlamp and possibly taillamp. No maintenance, and if the wires are wrapped and insulated they can be pretty sturdy and water-resistant. Decent ones are cheap on Ebay and the like.
-BMX alloy pedals with straps. Due to the one-piece crank the pedals can be had cheaply.
-As many alloy components as possible, for obvious reasons.
Anything I'm missing? There are a few other issues (bar tape type, saddle type, frame material/type, etc) I haven't figured out well yet.