I'm new here at the forums and I enjoy reading in on the threads. There's a lot of people just like me that commute to work daily; I ride my bicycle about half of the 17 mile one-way trip, lock it to a bike rack in front of a busy grocery store, and ride the bus the rest of the way. I've been bicycling for many years (40?) and I've discovered changes I've made through the years - see if you can relate:
1. I no longer wear cycling shorts, although I did for 30+ years. I discovered that just wearing normal clothing makes little difference in comfort.
2. From 1984 to 1997 I used clips/straps; from 1997 to 2010 I used SPDs; now I just use platform pedals and any shoes I want. I still enjoy my cycling
3. I ride much slower now - scenery is becoming very important.
4. Skinny, high pressure fast tires are less important to me now than puncture-resistant heavy tires with pre-slimed tubes. I currently use Continental 26x1.6 SportContact tires @ 80psi.
5. It no longer bothers me when fast racer-types pass me
6. Half the weight of my bike (a 2005 Trek 4300 hardtail) is add-ons: racks, trunk bag, panniers, lights, a cool bell, big rear-view mirror, more lights, etc.
7. I don't give a flying donut what people think of my appearance on the bike, because I'm going to live forever
Who's with me here? I have almost 70,000 verifiable miles in my cycling lifetime and enjoy it more now than I ever have!