"I guess what you wear depends on how long your commute is. I come in from Mundelein, but most of the way is on METRA; my biking is no more than 2 miles or so at a stretch. I've been getting through the winters with a long-sleeved "polar…"
"But breaking an arm, leg or worse... no problem, I suppose? < _<
I understand your point. But no one is forcing anyone to buy studded tires. I only said they are a way to improve safety on a bike in icy conditions. Cyclists can make choices.…"
"Well, you have a pretty strange idea of how the world works if you think that anything I (or anyone else, for that matter) say can influence the weather. We're going to get ice at some point, so we may as well accept it. What I said was…"
"I'm sure those studs will be in contact with the surface at proper inflation pressure and, yes, they would help on "black ice". The tires I use are Schwalbe "Marathon Winter", and they have studs all over the tread so they…"
"I'm not in the tire business. Anyway, the number of tires would have to be huge to get any meaningful discount. Personally, I don't consider it a "luxury" just because they aren't inexpensive. I prefer to think of them as…"
"You probably could have ridden those 7 days if you had studded tires. Black ice just means you have to keep an eye on the cars around you. True, 7 days of round-trip CTA fare is less than the cost of studded tires. But the tires allow you to ride…"
"If your double layer of socks are a tight fit in your shoes, that may explain the cold feet. Blood flow is what keeps your extremities warm, and if your feet are crammed in by the extra socks the blood flow is seriously compromised. You might…"
"The internally geared hubs and roller brakes work fine in very cold temps. I've got these on my "winter bike". The tires have a wider contact patch, and the bikes are heavier... these should help to some extent in snow, but not too…"
"Pearl Izumi "Lobster mitts" have worked for me down to -20F. They work even when they are wet somehow. I have at times tried insulating liners under them, but these don't seem to be necessary.
I've been out in very cold weather…"
"Today I was wearing a Pearl Izumi one, with the word "Barrier" on the outside, FWIW. It's comfortable, fits under the helmet and when I breathe through my mouth my lips stay moist and my glasses don't fog. The panel which you…"
"Well, just a few days short of my annual "routine" switch to studded tires, I was claimed by "black ice" last night. Luckily, I was going about 2 MPH and was not hurt, though I did smash my rear-view mirror. I went home and got…"