Faced with a 5km trek to the dentist in -20C (-4F) this past Saturday and a city-wide transit strike in Ottawa, my options were:
I decided to pull my kid's hybrid out of storage and test drive it on the road before making my decision. To my delight, the 700 * 28 tires with their slight tread performed very well on the asphalt. And to my added surprise, my touque fit nicely under my helmet. So off I went into glorious sunshine with no wind factor. My only dumb move was to wear my leather gloves so my thumbs were hurting tremendously when I arrived both at the dentist and at home.
Although commuting is out of the question until spring, that little jaunt opened up possibilities of getting in some simple maintenance rides thru the winter. I didn't think it possible to cycle in that temperature.