We're in the middle of some fairly serious snow here. There was 2-4 inches projected. I decided that I would do my partial commute today, which is about 2 miles each way. The ride to work went OK. The ride back was my most difficult yet, and it pains me to say it, beyond my current capabilities. The winds were strong, but not enough to stop me. The snow and cold were virtually non-issues - this winter I've made great strides in adapting to the cold, I've found. But the roads were terrible. I have to hand it to you all-weather riders, because despite my best efforts I would have gone down many times had I not being moving slowly and had one foot ready to unclip and catch myself. The temperature was right around freezing, and the roads were mostly hard-packed snow thanks to cars and much heavier vehicles (I work in a steel mill), but there was also a lot of slush and (surprisingly) ice. One of my Marathon Winters might be able to be deflated a little bit more (I believe it's at about 40 psi, and the low end of the range is 30), but beyond that, I don't know what else I could have done to help.
So, what do you pros do when the roads are that bad? I know some of you don't even have cars. I want to bike as much as possible, and despite my dissapointment today I'm glad I tried. I'm not too keen on buying another set of studded tires, but should I have bought a different model? Something more aggressive? Or have I simply reached the limit of what I should expect to be able to do?
I live near Chicago and I work right on the shore of Lake Michigan - on the more difficult end of the spectrum for this riding, I imagine.