I live in Overland Park, KS and I've decided that I am going to try the 4 mile one-way up-and-down hilly commute to the bus park-and-ride (I drive this now) on my 2010 Trek Soho S, then have the bus carry it 13 miles downtown on the front rack (there are 2 spots) where I can ride the last 1/4 mile up a hill that I currently walk to my workplace in downtown Kansas City, MO.
I did a test ride and back to the park-and-ride and I found that the hills were tough on my knees. I occasionally ride with my 6 y/o on the street, so I am not bike-fit. The bike came stock with 44T chainring and 17T rear cog. I took it to my local bike shop and they are installing a new take-off Shimano 39T chainring. Parts and labor $20. If I like the ride and get more fit, I can always put the 44T back on or get an 18T rear cog as a compromise.
I have no excuses for not trying this:
- I have a bike that primarily collects dust hanging in my garage
- The 4 miles to the bus is 50% paved bike trails and 20% bike lane marked on the shoulder
- I already take the bus, so no issues there
- My workplace has a bike rack in the most secure area one can imagine. There is even an air-hose
The wife is out of town until Thursday, so Friday will be my first opportunity. I'll update this thread after I give it a try.
Wish me luck!