From my perspective winter is here. I am starting today's ride at 19 F with a wind chill of 7 F. It means you have to give high consideration on what to wear to continue bicycling. The next challenge that will be added will be what bike and what tires, based on different combinations of ice and snow. Next will be lighting needs.
I know before this long Iowa winter is over with I will say to myself, I can't wait for cold temps to be gone and ice free conditions, and shorts, jersey, socks and shoes only riding. But for now it is a 'new' challenge again that I embrace. I say 'new' challenge because it seems like such a long time ago it was last winter that I had to figure out what combination of socks should I wear, or take my balaclava? what hat, what jacket, shoe covers, handlebar mitts? Or when is it cold enough to pack chemical warmers for emergency don't get frostbit prevention?
So it is 8:12, I have the day off, I am rambling, when I should be riding. Dirt Metric #98 awaits, I shall return.