Ah, Chicago.  As a Georgia native who relocated to Chicago, I was woefully unprepared for those cold Midwestern winters. Some years laters I was a year-round bicycle commuter in the city.  I have to say though, now that I'm back living in GA, i really don't miss the salty grey slush in my cassette and the always rusty chains. Still, I can't agree more. Winter recreation is about preparation and layers, and anyone who says it's too cold to enjoy the outdoors just hasn't tried it witht he right gear.