So in the thread "how cold is too cold" I mentioned the coldest I'd commuted in was 25f so far this year. Now this is on a 12 mile one way commute. I leave my house at 5:15 am so its dark, and the return trip is at 3:00pm.
The first mile is usually cold till I warm up, then comfortable for the next 6 or so.. After that I've usually broken a good sweat. so when I pull up at a stop light for any amount of time I can get a little chilled. So balancing clothing ,temp, and distance can be hard.
what I am wondering is those of you who commute in near zero to negative temps how far is that commute ? If my commute were 5-6 miles I figure I'm good to possible single digits so I might go intermodal when it gets much colder and ride to the train about 4-5 miles. Of course that means using a real beater cause the station is in not so great of an area and I'd have to leave the bike locked up outside all day.