Most of the article is the same recycled stuff about shorter days, wet pavement, etc. But this bit about special clothing to deal with the "low" temperatures caught my eye:
To survive from, say, November to April, cyclists have to learn to roll with the conditions.
That means learning about layering, about pulling on and peeling off garments, depending on changing conditions. That means covering up legs when the mercury dips below 65 and slipping insulated booties over shoes when it's below 45. It means arm warmers, vests, jackets.
So take that Boston and Chicago cyclists! We sometimes have to endure temperatures below 65. Fortunately, we have scuba booties and the like to help us cope.
Now I stipulate that my work schedule allows me to commute on my terms and I don't usually face the pre-sunrise weather that some of the Bee's intended audience may encounter. But arm warmers? Insulated booties?
I'm new to cycling and I reserve the right to someday adopt practices that now strike me as a tad ridiculous... but the day I need insulated booties -- or an advertising-strewn lycra spacesuit -- is the day I find a new activity.