It's still a pig!
I think this makes my second or third commute on the Trek and to be honest I am not a fan of the hybrid. I think what bothers me the most about it is how you sit upright like riding a mountain bike but not having the same geometry as a mountain bike just makes it feel off. It's still a good bike but in this current configuration I don't think it's something I want to be spending a lot of time riding.
About half way to the office is when it hit me, this bike needs the Gary I bars that i put on the Qball and combined with lower stem, this would turn this pig into a pony! Of course, you know what means? The Gary I's are purely a singlespeed handlebar because you can't get bar end shifters into the ends. The only drawback is that this bike has vertical drops so in order to go singlespeed I would need a tensioner but then I found this website called FixMeUp! It's an online gear calculator that will let you calculate the gearing combination you need so that you have enough tension on your chain. By the time I got to the office, I got it all figured out: Get a fixed gear wheel set, mount the other fenders I have and voila, I will have a new singlespeed, all weather commuter!