I finally took the plunge and bought a bike to commute with. I've been waiting forever to do so. Until September, I've had to use my car to take my child to Pre-K. Now that he has started Kindergarten, and it's right down the block from my house, I can take him to school on foot and then hop on the bike to work. Only in intensely cold weather will I drive (no fair to make a 4 year old walk through the freezing cold) or when I have to take my laundry out (I can't figure out how to get 30 lbs of laundry on my bike).
Anyway, I've commuted about 5 days out of the last 2 weeks. I only go 4 miles round trip. I see you all posting your 30+ mile commutes and I don't know how you do it! I'm so out of shape that those 4 miles hurt! In time it will get easier, I know, as I get into better shape.
I purchased an inexpensive bike. A 26" Schwinn Ranger from Target. I just couldn't wait until I could afford a better bike (I'd be waiting forever) and I figured, let me just see how this goes and if I really get into riding, I'll invest in a better bike. I only purchased a helmt and a lock.
Now I'm ready to buy some more supplies. A safety vest, some lights for night riding, a rear rack, some fenders.
I haven't been able to figure out a left turn yet. As of now, I do it as a pedestrian, going across the intersection via 1 crosswalk, then making the left via the next cross walk, waiting for the pedestrian's walk signal. Many of my left turns would be from 1 two-lane road into another two-lane road. So, the cars in the right lane, I'm never sure if they're going to go left or right. And if I get inbetween the 2 lanes, how do I get back over to the right if the car on the right goes left? I'm too scared! It's only my 3rd week though.