Join Date: May 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
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I have commuted year round for a lot of winters in Calgary, which has about the same
temperatures as Ottawa, just a lot less snow fall. I also commuted in Ottawa year
round for a few years. (See simple sig site article for details with a bit of entertainment.)
I also prefer narrow tires in the snow and don't use studs. The one caution with that is
that I thump into the pavement about once a winter from hitting ice that I don't see
because it is under snow. So that it never happens in traffic, I commute for my early
shifts when there is only about one car per mile to share the road with, and on my later
shifts I take little used streets to the nearest bike path.
On my days off, I ride through a lot of alleys doing my errands and there is a lot more ice
than on the roads. At first I was super slow and cautious and did it with my arms tensed
up. By the second winter of doing that I got really quite comfortable with ice. I do still go
over it slowly but quite relaxed.
I did have one long ride last winter, 18 miles round trip at -33C and ever since the -20
temps seem like practically nothing and I don't mind them at all. A human being can get
used to almost anything.
Last edited by Closed Office; 12-17-08 at 07:26 AM.