Yep, new to winter cycling.
So, I'm back after a few years off of cycling (built a house, moved to a different country, etc.) but now I need to commute to work. Right now car takes 1.5 hrs and costs too much, public transit takes 1.5 hrs when it works, and there is the other option of biking. Besides, if it takes me 2 hours each way, I save 1 hour by not going to the gym. There are back up ways of getting home in case the weather becomes a health hazard.
My bike is a Look carbon with dura ace components for nice dry SFBay California riding. No lights, reflectors, studded/treaded tires, etc.
Here's the commute:Map from approximate start to approximate finish
Total length for me will be about 55km over mostly asphalted roads in the middle of nowhere, finally getting into highly maintained, seperated, lighted bike paths in bike friendly traffic. Work a day, then turn around and go home.
It's pitch black in the winter time where the commute will be done in 100% darkness since the sun is up between 9am and 3pm.
Any suggestions/insights? Anyone familiar with the route?
More cold than snow, right?
I don't know the Stockholm area very well. I've spent some time in Goteborg during the winter months. Weather is completely different in Goteborg from what you have in Stockholm. As I understand it, it can get down right cold in Stockholm. Goteborg is more like New England (with less daylight).
So, I would have thought that the cold would be a larger problem than snow. Is that right? Have you spent a winter in Stockholm yet? All of your precipitation will be frozen for most of the winter months. Can get a bit windy there, being so flat and close to the water.
So, in addition to not wanting to trash the dura ace, I'd want some industrial strength clothing for those 3 - 4 hours that you will spend pedaling. I've just invested in a bottle cage that can hold a 16 oz. insulated coffee mug. You might want to take some of that nice, strong, wonderful Swedish coffee on your ride as well. Have a look at http://www.bicyclecoffeesystems.com/.