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Do you need a winter bike for commuting? Not really.
A rain bike is a good idea though.
You should have a bike with fenders (mudguards) if you are serious about bike commuting every day.
Disc brakes are helpful for braking in wet conditions although not absolutely necessary.
A bike ridden in the winter will suffer rust or corrosion if not rinsed, dried, and lubed thoughout the season.
The drivetrain is most vunerable if not cleaned.
Ideally perform a completely overhaul tune up both before and after winter if used every day.
A bike with studded tires will perform well on ice, but the same rules apply.
Ride in a straight line and take turns slowly.
Riding in snow is tricky because the consistancy of the snow can change throughout the day.
If the snow is more than a couple inches deep you will need to find a plowed route, or ride a fat bike.
If you are worried about the finish on your bike and components then a second bike might be worth it.
A second bike is also good to have around as a backup.
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