Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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It depends on the ride, but for most of my winter rides, the answer is "very wet". Then again, most of my rides are commuting, so I'm out riding in weather and conditions that many people--even other winter riders--won't ride in. If riding only recreationally and only in the dry, dry winter days are no more wet than dry summer days.
As for the carpet and the roommates, get rid of both.
When I apartment shop, I look for hardwood floors. Quick wipe with the mop and I'm done.
I never could stand roommates...
The mat idea is good too.
I use a trainer mat near the door for the bike to drip on while I take off my coat and boots and things,
and there's a long boot tray under it after I've hosed it off in the shower and hung it up on its hook. Note the snow outside the window.