Got my studded tires on the weekend & was looking forward to my first ride in the snow (we got LOTS of snow over the weekend). Unfortunately I had a horrible cold for a couple of days but...
I rode my bike to work this morning, my first ice/snow ride of my life. It was -4C (25F), no wind to speak of. The roads were covered with slush that had frozen solid over night. I was definately over-dressed. I forgot to take into account that I'd be working harder & riding slower (less wind chill).
It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. It helps that I left at 5:30am when most people are still sleeping - I had maybe 5 cars pass me (I definately want to get a mirror - it's not easy sholder checking when you're trying to stay up-right in frozen ruts). My commute typically takes 25 to 30 minutes on dry roads. It took me 45 minutes this time with a slightly longer route to avoid the non-cleared paths I would normally take.
It looks like I can postpone licensing my 2nd vehicle a little longer. Come to think of it... maybe I should just get rid of the 2nd car... we'll see... still not sure about riding when it's -40C.
Thanks to all the ice bikers on this list for the inspiration you have provided! Without reading about others' success stories I probably never would have tried it.