I live in <defanged_st1:city w:st="on"><defanged_st1lace w:st="on">Boston</defanged_st1lace></defanged_st1:city> and am sort of daring myself to keep commuting on the bike through this winter, staying off it only on really nasty days. Since my commute is only 10 miles, I don't think the cold will be a problem. I rode until just short of Thanksgiving last year, and wearing a RoadCrafter over a fleece, the only real issue I had with cold was my hands going a bit numb. This year I've got a new bike (DL1000) with handguards, and heated grips are on their way. But I'm pretty much terrified of slick conditions -- I've never done any dirt riding, and can count the number of times I've slid a tire on one hand. I'm probably blowing this issue out of proportion -- the roads I take are well-plowed in the winter, and I've always got the option of leaving the bike at home and taking public transit when I've got doubts. Studded tires are legal on the roads here from Nov 1st through April 30th, so that's an option, too. Anybody have any experience with studding Continental TKC80s?