"What a difference a day makes! It was a bit of an effort getting from Union Station to the West Side UIC campus... see the attached image.
By day's end, this street was clear, and I was riding with my jacket open!
"Yes, you can. But falls are **MUCH** less likely. Common sense is required, and there is a learning curve to explore the limits of traction. But riding in the winter with studded tires means that instead of expecting to fall a few times each winter,…"
"Thanks for that tip! I've used KMC stainless steel chains on my (internally-geared hub) folders for years. They do well in the salt, but they are too wide for derailleur-based drivetrains.
The only other addition I'd consider for that…"
"I'm a strong advocate for studded tires. I haven't had a single fall in several years, which is good because I'm older (63) and need to keep my hands in shape for work (dentist). It's also a lot of fun having better traction than…"
"Well done, Andy! I'm a little nervous watching you zip along at pretty high speed on snowy streets... do you have studded tires?
I made it over to Daley Plaza this morning for Winter Bike-to-Work Day. There were about 15 people there, and no…"
"Hi, Tom. Great story! Actually, that's not "my" spot because I never take the 5:01... it doesn't stop in Mundelein. I take the 4:58 if I'm lucky enough to get off work that early. Actually, I don't consider any spot to…"
"I started seeing more bikes on Wednesday last week. Not a lot, but more. And some Divvy bikes were out again. Then the week finished off with an ice storm. When I got off the train the cars were having trouble making it up the slight hill to the…"
"I didn't see a single other cyclist yesterday. I saw one today as I was getting onto Jackson. It was pretty cold yesterday, but I pulled out all my cold-weather stuff and was quite comfortable except for my feet which were a little chilled. I…"
"The chain should be lubricated regularly, and more often if you're riding in wet conditions. A thicker oil, resistant to washing off, would be better. One problem is that if there is water inside the chain, an application of oil may not…"
"I stayed on the train all the way to Union Station this morning because I suspected the side streets I usually ride on would not be plowed. I went west on Adams to Racine, then south to Taylor then west to Polk and Paulina. There was a lot of slush,…"