I've lived in Chicago my whole life, and the winters here are tough. I have to wake up at 7:00 every day to go to school, and during the winter these are the hardest wake-ups. Sometimes I go through weeks without any sunlight. There are no snow days. None. Even when we have massive storms and it is impossible to get anywhere. Last year was a terrible ice season. It rained very frequenty in the daytime, and then froze at night. Last year was also a terrible pothole season. Precipitation, plowing and salt destroyed the roads, and they are still recovering. I don't expect this year to be any better. I've never tried commuting by bike in the winter, but this year will be the year I do it. I'll be commuting on my Giant Rainier mountain bike, but I'm still rather worried about ice accidents. And sometimes the wind here is so bad, especially in the winter, that I am afraid my bike will be blown of the road. The sleet and freezing rain is killer; it can completely annihilate your vision, breathing and skin.
I just need to know what I will need for this experiment.