So the bike is well and truly out of the cupboard now and it is so much nicer than the taxe/walking option that was my winter experience. The bike's performing well - after I gave it a spring clean and oil - and it and I are enjoying being out again.
However, it won't last long because I will be back in a car again in a month or so. Reason: I am leaving Warwick and moving to Cornwall. My new job requires a car so that's that.
I might try to bike in to work one day a week but it's going to depend on just how hilly the hills are on the route to work! The seaview will be spectacular on a bike but it could be very uppy and downy :)
I will use it for 'leisure' instead and maybe, just maybe, I'll add an extra gear or two...