Not that I rely on it too much, but the 15-day forecast calls for only one night of below-freezing temps, so it looks like the winter riding season is over for me, even though there's still snow on the ground.
And not a moment too soon, AFAIC.
March really got to me. I've logged fewer miles overall in March than I did in either January or February. As the month ground on I found increasingly lame excuses to stay home. I never did a single one on the Tuesday night rides, and rode only for commuting and shopping.
I had no regrets the other night when I zipped the studs into the wheelbags for the last time until December, I hope.
Summarizing the 2007-08 season:
Nov & Dec
7:14:16 Ride time
Jan - Mar
27:38:08 Ride time
34:52:24 Ride time
Those figures include only rides where the bike was wearing studs. [Edit: It represents about half of my total winter riding.]
Lowest temp ridden: -4°F, -20°C. That was also the lowest temp ridden in the 2006-07 season and about the coldest it got here in both years.
Falls: Two, both minor.
One night on the Tuesday night ride when the leader took us down a sidewalk that was more luge run than sidewalk. The bike slid out to the left, bending the RD hanger, I fell in the snowbank.
The second was a week ago Saturday on the way to work when either leaving the studs on, or different routing or different headspace would have prevented the fall. (Actually, they're all different manifestations of headspace.) An inch long tear in the bar tape was the only damage to the bike, I had a few bruises from rolling on the asphalt and the frozen ground (there wasn't much difference) and I cracked my helmet. Long story here: Look Ma! No studs!
The Portland turned out to be everything I'd hoped for in transportation for the winter. And it exceeded my expectations on rec rides. I never expected to chase MTBers off-road through the snow, and to out-climb some of them, but we did it several times. Skinny tires rule!
The only winter wear and tear seems to be to the rear cables (both shifter and brake) and the rear brake caliper seems a little rough. Then again, that caliper has never seemed as smooth as the front one, so it may just be the problem, not the salt.
Cables I expect to replace anyway, so I'll only have to sort out the rear caliper.
Oh, and I also took a chunk out of the rear fender one night after a particularly long and cold ride when I wasn't as gentle as I should have been standing the bike up on it in the shower stall. I picked up a new set yesterday and will put them on today or tomorrow.
At the top of Cobb's Hill, Sunday March 2
Arriving at work, Saturday March 8