So today is my last day working for a while, as I will be staying home with my newborn daughter. I started commuting on Bike to Work Day 2006 and have since logged about 3700 miles. I've ridden in the heat, in the cold, in rain and snow. I fell only once (it took a while for me to realize that cold + water = ice) and had only 2 flats. I'm saving about $30 a month on auto insurance and I must say, my legs are damn sexy.
I was lucky enough to work in a building that has a bike rack in the small parking garage and the availability of a shower and a locker. Only once did I forget to bring a towel.
I had very few negative run ins with motorists or pedestrians. I got to see wild life (deer, cats, horses, dogs, and some mammal I didn't recognize) and left my mark by running over one squirrel.
I will miss commuting and this message board greatly, but I believe that watching my daughter grow up to be a cyclist will be even more rewarding.
I already got her a trailer at a yard sale to ride around to the grocery store and yard sales in the spring. (I have a feeling my wife won't let me take her out in February)
I will still check in on this board to see what is going on, but I am also looking forward to exploring the Family boards and trying this riding on a weekend thing.
Thanks for all of your help, I hope to see you all again in a few years whenever I rejoin the workforce.
I only took a week off when my daughter was born and I regret that.
I milked the FMLA when my son was born and stayed home with him for 12 weeks. That time was priceless.
I recommend it to all Dads.
Congrats on your new Daughter
Be carefull in the trailer
If she doesnt have the neck strength to hold her head up she will cause herself some severe damage
It could be the same as holding up your babay and shaking the daylights out of her
Reccomendations say 12 monlths old before a trailer
I'd hatye to see the most important thing in your life
be ruined by the 2nd or 3rd most important