Starting Tuesday I'm commuting by bike to my new job (the past couple weeks I had a place really close and was walking to work). It's 10 miles roughly, a nice commute... double what I was doing at my old job (that was 4-5 miles).
However... I don't know whether it's practical to ride my full-size bikes.
Supposedly the office building has some sort of bike parking in the basement. However, according to one of my coworkers the bike area is always full because of the people who live in the building (upper floors are apartments). So my boss and one other coworker who ride just bring their bikes into the office and put 'em in the storage closet.
The thing is, my boss has a folder. I'm not sure what the other guy has, it's not a folder, but I haven't seen it. I HAVE seen the elevator though. It's small... I'd have a hard time fitting my commuter in it. I'm 6'4" so my bike is huge... and the big ol' rack on the back doesn't make it any smaller.
I'd been planning on buying a folder ANYWAY, with the idea of getting a job downtown... I got the job, but I haven't bought the folder yet. I don't have the cash, because moving basically wiped out my reserves. However having a bike stolen (because I locked it outside) or having to pay for parking, is NOT going to help my financial situation... so I'm thinking of putting the folder on a credit card for a month or two until a) I get some paychecks or b) my old house sells.
I hate the idea of going back to carrying a balance on a credit card, especially with a murky financial outlook (new job, new city, not sure yet exactly how my cash flow's going to look). But I also hate the idea of not being able to commute, or worrying about my bike being ripped off (or vandalized or misc small parts stolen) while it's locked up outside... And I'm planning on buying the new bike ANYWAY so it's kinda like why not now when I can use it...
Argh. Decisions decisions.
I guess I'll go back to packing and think about it some more. Just felt like babbling.