I've been bike commuting since late November, 2006, and every day I've biked I've felt better for it. Well, not today. It has nothing to do with fitness, the cold, etc. It has everything to do with fear for my life.
Perhaps I should have given it up earlier than I did today, when I got across Olentangy River Road and finally just hopped the curb and walked the rest of the way. But I figured that Dodridge/Ackerman and Olentangy would be cleared off. It wasn't. And in previous snowy weather, I didn't have nearly the problems I did today.
I was slipping and sliding all over the place. I didn't feel comfortable at all, and with cars going past me (even at their reduced speed) I still didn't feel like I was safe.
My bike has big knobby tires on it. Normally, that's enough to plow through whatever snow is there. Not today.
Do those of you who ride the snow regularly have luck with studded tires? I don't want to have to limit myself to Columbus's bus schedule (which, though improving, is still lacking due to lack of ridership), but I certainly don't want to have to risk falling just to get to work. Where do you get them? Which brands work the best for you?
Keep in mind here: I'm not a sport cyclist. I don't care one iota about keeping my bike's weight down. My bike is purely for commuting. So any discussion of how much the tires weigh will pretty much be ignored by me, because it just doesn't matter to me.
People, not speed.