Welcoming myself to commuting on Wednesday morning. My Trek mountain bike (craigslist score) has just been outfitted with new tires, shifters and brake levers, pedals, fenders, and planetbike headlamp. My buddy (LBS owner) tossed in a bottle cage, bottle, grips and a rear blinkie. He fronted me the panniers until my wife forgets about the cash I'm flipping him tomorrow night. He's a good dude and has well taken care of my son's BMX bike with service and good advice on parts.
I'm in well enough shape to make the 18 mile round trip commute here in MN from the Frogtown neighborhood to the VA hospital in Minneapolis. That, thanks in part to the BMX'ing I've done over the summer and just lucky I guess at 44. I'm sure my butt (and legs) will be sore after day one, two and beyond but the support I am getting from said LBS owner (an old roadie of many years) and a buddy (who also nurses and owns a bike touring company).
I am looking forward to the peace and quiet of the commute, the uncertainty and wonder of making the trip by bike and the healthful benefits. Like many newbies to commuting, I too want to make these trips every day regardless of weather. I hope and pray to be able to do just that and join the many who do so. We'll see what becomes of it when November in MN arrives. I would love to say I have it in me but I'm not that stupid. If I make it all summer and fall then I'm going to go for it of course.
Anyways, I'll post a pic in the proper sticky of my bike and just want to let everyone know I stop here often each night as the anticipation is hitting its pinnacle. Thanks and ride on.
ken in MN