Pro: You feel pretty good about yourself, biking through the snow.
Con: When going through some especially deep roadway slush, you can be outpaced by a toddler on the sidewalk.
Pro: Between double-thick gloves, polypro longjohns, a winter-weight headband, and a good shell/fleece jacket combo, most of your body is pretty warm.
Con: Nobody's invented in-nostril insulation.
Pro: All the icy junk in the air means that glasses - with either dark or clear lenses - are almost mandatory if you want to be able to see, thus making you look 2 kewl 4 skewl.
Con: Eventually, the glasses will get covered with that icy junk, and you have to take them off and hold them in your teeth. Squint, man, squint.
Pro: Home- and business-owners are very good at shoveling their walks, and the city and college are pretty good at plowing the streets and paths.
Con: The curb cuts are no-man's-land: get ready to dismount.
Pro: Salted roads actually have pretty good traction.
Con: The salt doesn't get everywhere, and seemingly never on tight corners.
Pro: Fenders are pretty effective at fighting the snow and slop thrown up by the tires.
Con: When the fenders are overwhelmed by wheel-spray, you end up looking like your three-year-old after a diaper blowout. Thank god for dark blue pants.
Pro: There's no competition for spots in the bike racks downtown or on campus.
Con: There are massive berms of snow around all the bike racks downtown and on campus.
Pro: An attractive young woman glances at you, surely admiring your nordic resolve to master the weather.
Con: You realize that the attractive young woman is probably actually looking at you because a) you have your khakis tucked into the tops of your socks, b) you are wearing cool-in-2002 cycling shoes, c) there's a thin film of thawing snot on your upper lip, or d) all of the above. Pardon, ma'am, might you have a Kleenex?