When you commute home from work, how long does it take you to get ready? What do you have to do to get ready for the commute? Do you have to change clothes, put your helmet on, fill your water bottles?
It takes me about 15 to 20 min. Here is what I do to get ready to ride home. This is not in order: I have to change from my regular clothes to my bike clothes, put my Camel Bak Bladder in the bag behind my seat, put my seat bag on, pack my regular clothes in the saddle bags & secure them to the rack, put my Road ID around my neck, put my croakies eye glass retainer, my Sweat Gutr headband & helmet on, put my gloves on, put my bike shoes on, clip my video camera on the bracket & turn it on to record my ride home, turn on my external portable stereo speakers, turn on & que up the song I want to start with on my MP3 player & clip it to the chain that the Road ID is on. Then I roll the bike outside my office, take off the Kool Kovers & put them in my seat bag, start the video camera, get on the bike, clip the Camel Bak tube to my jersey, start the MP3 player, clip in & go.
I know, I know some of you are probably thinking, "man he does all that crap just to ride?" "Why not just get on your bike & ride?" Well, truth be told this helps me prepare for my ride & helps me wind down from a day at work. It is actually beneficial to me to do all of this to ride. It helps me think of my route & what I will do based on an educated guess of what the current traffic volume is based on the time of day it is. To me this is also part of the ride & it is what I have to do to help make it good & enjoyable. I hope that is easy to understand.
So how long does it take you & what do you do to prepare for your commute home?