Gin carts her son Miguel around with her Bianchi Volpe. Check out bikewinter.org to see how she does it!
I used to save my Bianchi Volpe for touring and other long, fun rides. Now it is my every day bike, as most of my "touring" involves hauling over 50 pounds of Miguel and trailer around town. The bike is souped up with red fenders, and front and rear racks. I do sometimes have "4 pannier plus trailer" days. We have opted not to have a cargo bike, though, as my husband and I take turns with transporting Miguel. All too soon he will be getting around more on his own (ack!!). And, when I am cargo and trailer free, I get to reconnect with the Volpe's quiet speed.
Year round commuting tips:
1) Embrace the learning curve. You will figure out what works for you, but it will take some trial and error. One thing that works for me: rain pants on the messiest and coldest days. While they may not win me major style points, they help neutralize the wind and protect my "Bike Fancy" clothes within. See www.bikewinter.org.
2) Schedule spa days for your bike. I take mine back to Boulevard Bikes at least twice a year for some TLC. Stop by in Feb and March when the shops are slower and spring is just around the corner.