We at Bike Winter really, truly believe that bicycles are wonderful, reliable forms of year-round transportation. However, we would be lying if we didn't acknowledge that getting caught in a 34 degree downpour, or turning the corner into a 34 mph arctic wind can make you want to curse the skies, hail a cab and move to Arizona.
You will get cold. You will get frustrated. You might have close calls or even fall. Just know that all-weather cycling does get easier with experience. Let the freedom, convenience and other benefits of two-wheeled living motivate you to roll up the learning curve. And when all else fails to lift your spirits after a particularly bruising commute, boil up some tea or grab a flask, pound your chest (might help the feeling come back to your fingers) and take pride in your sense of adventure.