Hey Sachi...I like your site link...you guys sound like my kind of people. My record is going to work in 9 degrees....so I guess that makes me a rounder. On the warm side a sweater. If the road is clear I just gotta ride. The photo of the driveway with the tire width shoveled cracked me up.
Yeah..I've been reading some of the old forum stuff and you folks really hit it on the head with the "make your own heated vest"......very tempting to try it. The only thing that cracks my spirit in the winter is very very cold hands ....well and a sheet of ice....lol.
Consider yourself lucky to not have to deal with freezing temps....I've considered moving just to get rid of my car.
Go sign up over there and ask how best to deal with cold hands. Those folks do NOT stop for anything except terrible road conditions.
When I lived in Seattle (which was where I rode in the mid-20s temps) I handled cold hands with thick gloves. That was barely enough. These days you can get heated grips and electric gloves too, such as the Gerbing G3s. I think some people build fairings for their hands as well, to break the wind over the grips. You'll get a lot of suggestions.
My hands are my weak point. I tried Hippo Hands and winter gloves to no avail. Gerbings Classics did the trick. Do they feel as good as my Held Steve gloves? Of course not but they add weeks, dare I say months to my riding. You don't get bonus points for suffering. Plus if your hands don't work you shouldn't be on the bike.