So for those who remember me, I've been doing a once-weekly, summer-only commute for the past 3 summers. In the AM I bike 1 mile, take a train to work, bike 3 miles downhill to work. Then in the PM have a great 32 mile 2+ hour commute home.
During the rest of the year, I drive 4 days a week (26 miles each way) and take the train + bus 1 day a week.
I've been trying to think of a way to at least do a bimodal commute and take the walking & bus out of the way for the once-weekly train, and possibly take the train more often. However,
1 - it is dark out (lights would help, but I'm not feeling very safe on these suburban dark roads as I am in the relatively bright city center at home).
2 - the return to the train is only 3 miles but includes a 1/2 mile 400+ foot climb. Difficult and sweaty and I don't really want to have to change clothes to commute home. I'm sure I would improve with time but it's still a good climb.
3 - My bike (Giant Cypress DX) is large, and it's a bit of a pain always asking people to leave the bicycle/handicap seat on the train. Maybe a folding bike would help.
4 - my pants always seem to get dirty no matter much much I clean the chain and pedals.
Any advice to get over my negatives and get out there on a least a weekly basis?