In preparation for the snow last night, I swapped out my knobbies for my studded snow tires. I used to hate riding on the snow and ice, mostly because it hurts when you fall, and you fall a lot. I smacked my elbow so hard once that not only did it ache for months but I also developed some kind of growth that eventually erupted in a pungent mess of green silly string like pus and small white flecks of bone (at least I think it was bone). Not much fun. So at the end of the winter of '09, I got fed up and purchased a sweet set of studded tires. Shipping was slow and I ended up getting to put them on my bike the night before the streets finally thawed out. I made up for it last winter, leaving the studded tires on for three months straight. And I managed to stay upright the entire three months. I swear by these tires. I'll never ride another winter without them.
Since getting my tires, I've really started to enjoy biking on the ice and snow. Its a whole new challenge. You don't control the bike. You just let the bike go where its going to go and correct it when you need to. It's a little unnerving but if you try to control the bike, you are going down.