I soo wanted this to work out so I could hang in the commuter forum and talk about my daily commutes, but it's just not happening. Were there a shower at work, it'd be fine, but there isn't.
I live in Los Angeles and it's apparently a little too hot for a 13 mile bike ride in the morning. The ride started out great though, I live in West LA, right next to Santa Monica, and the ride through Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina Del Ray was fine. Around Playa Del Ray (the beach) the sun started beating down on me. I figured I'd let the wind cool me off but to my surprise, you can't get off the beach onto the road I work on, you have to go about a half mile past it and then circle around, really about 2 extra miles in the hot hot sun. Apparently the roads around here are really, really hilly near my office, and again under the crazy sunlight it's just not a good idea. I came into work, still sweating like crazy, and quickly left to go sit outside in the shade until the body temp went down.
Like I said, if there was a shower at work, I'd totally be into this, but the fact that I have to sit in this dried sweat all day is kinda nasty. I'll still use my bike to commute around town, especially on the weekends, so I guess I'm a part time commuter, but I really wanted this to work out. I'm sure I'll give it another try come late fall or winter. Feel free to call me a wuss!