I'm about to switch the tires and front fork on my KHS Alite 1000 to make it a more road-friendly hybrid, as that's the type of riding I prefer (didn't know when I bought the thing). Despite my Acura Integra GS-R daily driver with 312K miles still averaging 30-32 mpg just driving to and from work, with the required 93 octane premium fuel over $4/gal in most places, I'm now seriously considering trying to commute to my office on my bike.
Trouble is (in my mind anyway) is that I live in a suburb, and my office is in a little farther out suburb, about 12.5 miles on the route I take with my car. And not being in a big city, ALL the roads I drive to work are basically 2-lane back roads, with no room out of the main driving lane, and with most people driving 50+ mph. This seems a bit hazardous to me.
The route I would take is actually 13.7 miles one way, chosen because a couple of the roads actually have very little traffic, including one odd 4-lane road through the middle of the country. I would like to stay off the VERY heavily-traveled 2-lane state highway with 55 mph speed limit.
So what do y'all think? Should I even try it with the roads we have around here? Not to mention that bike riders are quite scarce around here, and bike commuters are nearly non-existent. Which means car drivers pretty much know ZERO about how to act/drive when cyclists are present.