Well, I've only logged a pathetic 59 miles this month. But as I look out my office window to a parking lot covered with ice, I guess it's better to be safe than all messed up. My last trip in by bike was yesterday.. the hoar frost was so thick in places I could hear this high pitched shhhhhhhhh as the tires cut through it. The only thought running through my head was "I hope I don't have to stop or turn anytime soon..."
Yesterday was also the first ride in on the Mercier. I did notice that there was a small "tinging" sound coming from the front wheel - Loose spoke? It kind of came and went. The bike is pretty fast though. After some adjustments to the front changer, I was able to get it to ride quiet in all gears. The only truly negative thing about white handlebar tape is that it is going to get pretty dirty with constant riding. So this bike will be a show-thing until I figure out what I'm going to do with it.