Why did it take this long for me to start taking my bike to work? I've been riding "seriously" for over 20 years in many disciplines. The other day I took my CAADX to work and you know what? It was totally awesome! Something like 12 miles each way, about nine of them are on a MUP that goes along a river. Mountain bike shorts so I get the chamois but don't look full fred, t-shirt, helmet, shades. It seriously takes me about 20 minutes longer than driving.
Besides all the standard pros of bike commuting, like price of fuel, vehicle wear and tear, it's good for you etc. I think the biggest pro for ME is that I can show my kids that we can do things to help the environment. Really trying hard to be a positive influence on them, it's hard but very fun and rewarding. And a topic for another forum.
However, on my first ride in I flatted so my ride home was a bit sketchy as I had no spare. But now I have a pump and patch kit at work.
Here's a nugget of wisdon I have gleaned from the kanza, almanzo guys and I'm sure I'm not reinventing the wheel here but...
I got the Banjo Brothers Saddle Trunk. That baby is cavernous! Wallet, book, phone, banana, granola bar, yogurt, tube, inflator, lever, severed head. Worth it's weight in gold.
So there you go, bike commuting, how awesome is that?
Just kidding about the severed head...