I use to ride in the winter in VA Beach, and the winter weather is real close to what you'll be dealing with in Maryland.Thanks guys. Yeah I live in Maryland. I will be riding to college everyday so don't know if that changes any of your suggestions or not. But thanks a lot.
I had a '67 Beetle back then....snow....ice...pah! nothing could stop my mighty bug except for this VERY proper and correct black family in a large Buick on their way to church...I rear ended them doing about 5 mph when I didn't notice they'd stopped. They got out, looked at their car which had no damage, looked at my POS bug and scraggely hung-over self and gave me the best look-down-your-nose-at-an-ugly-insect glare I've ever had, got back in their car and drove off without a word. I honestly felt lower than ant poop, it was without a doubt the best put down I have ever recieved.....I use to ride in the winter in VA Beach, and the winter weather is real close to what you'll be dealing with in Maryland.
Get a heated riding suit. And some ice-studs on the tires. Black ice will take you down in a split second.
I used a US Navy Avaition dry suit, and suudded my front and rear tires (on trials universal Japanese Dunlops) on the outer tread.
Also, get a bike that is light in weight, as you'll be picking it up a lot, after you dump it several times in a frozen over parking lot somewhere near Fredricksburg.
They'd be good for dogs and other small animals that get in your way during summer too! I'd also like to ride them over Tim Robbins.