And honestly? It was FUN! Sure, I took it a little slower than usual and did the old kid-on-a-Huffy trick of riding with both feet out to the sides a couple times when I skidded a bit, but with the schools closed today, traffic was actually much better than normal. That meant less exhaust to breathe in, and more fun!
When I got to work, I did have one guy who looked at me somewhat incredulously and asked "so, how did THAT work today?" I still had my balaclava on, so in my ninja-like way I told him that it was fun, no worse than driving as far as traction goes. I'm not sure he bought it, but I find that just stating things matter-of-factly is the best way to go with this.
Some things I did note:
- Try to stay in the ruts that previous cars have made. You'll skid less.
- If you have to cross ruts, take them as nearly perpendicular as possible. That'll knock you off your path much less (if at all) than taking them at an angle.
- Take it easy. You'll get there (strangely enough, that was my attitude when I drove a car, too... and I never had accidents).
But if you didn't bike today, why not? It wasn't cold out like it was last week. And the snow isn't as much of a problem as you'd think. So give it a try next time!