Well I tried to commute in this morning. I should have just drove in the first place but the weather was going to be in the High 30ís and sunny :-) I started out and noticed a little black ice nothing to worry about I thought. Well I turn down this small side street and next thing I know this little tiny rat dog is at my wheel yapping up a storm so I start pedaling harder to lose him and realize I am on a pretty big patch of ice so my back wheel is all over the place and I am yelling at the dog trying to get it away from me (I was more worried about falling and crushing him then being bitten) I finally make it away from the dog now on to the hillís. I start going real hard because this part of my commute is pretty steep and it wakes me up in the morning if I am a little tired. Well a quarter of the way up the first hill I feel my wheel slipping so I try to stay up , this is the point that I start seeing cars spinning out going up this hill ( I wish I saw the cars before I attempted to go up the hill ) I go down of course and slide right into the middle of the street where the cars are spinning out . I try to get up and fall again this happened a few more times before I just gave up and scooted down the hill on my butt looking like a fool. I decided not to try my luck anymore today and rode the 1.5 miles back to the house and took the car in cursing the whole time because the sun was out and it looked like it would have been a great ride in if not for the black ice. Oh well you win some and you lose some. I think I am going to get some studded tires now .