Originally Posted by Marathoner
I slipped on some ice and fell off my bike three weeks ago. No real harm done (scraped my knee and elbow and hit my helmeted head, which only resulted in a sore neck for a few days.) Since then, I've decided to only bike when there is no ice. I've also decided that about 5 degrees (wind chill) is my cut-off, so since it's been colder than that a few days, even when the path is clear, I've been driving.
Thanks lot for the update and sorry about your fall
I never used it personally (not enough ice where I live now, and these were not available when I lived in cold places), but both Nokian and Schwalbe make studded bicycle tires (good for winter ice). Have look at Peter White explanation: Studded Bicycle Tires
About your 5F comfort limit - is is because of whole body getting chilled? face? extremities? I actually hate rain more than cold temperature, so my no-go bicycle weather is freezing or cold rain.
For cold protection I use cheap clothes designed for skiing (like full face mask, insulated gloves) and layering. I also noticed that my cut-off temperature was moving towards lower temperatures as I was acquiring more experience and appropriate clothes.
And sailor, thanks for that blog! I usually bike in a skirt or dress as I don't change from work clothes. Nice to see I'm not the only one!
I enjoy this blog too - although I could be only described as "slovenly cyclist"