I started when I was a teenager, I had a bike sitting there not getting used, and I thought about using the bike to get to school. It sure beats waiting for the bus and it beats walking.
My first ride to school took 15 minutes for a two kilometre route, quite unhealthy really (plus it was hilly, having not ridden much before, I sucked at hills). It really hurts, my high school was on top of a hill, when I dismounted, I was ready to puke, but I didn't.
After that, I persisted for a few more months, I got that time down to 6 minutes for easy brisk commute, and it was easily the best commuting option available because one, bus took anywhere around 8-14 minutes plus waiting time, and two, walking took anywhere around 20-30 minutes.
Looking back to when I made my decision, I'm glad I did. It made me more energetic, healthier, and my stamina is much higher in the morning compared to everyone else when I got to class. Not to mention the countless hours I've saved from waiting for the bus or walking.
Today, I can see myself commuting as much as 50-60 kilometres a day if I have to, and I use my bikes for all my commuting duties because I can.
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