Hello! I am new to these parts of BF but I plan to post here frequently from now on
I have commuted on my bicycle probably 3 times in my time as a cyclist. I've always wanted to but something always drew me back. There are just way too many compromises and when you have other vehicles available the bicycle seems like the last thing you'd want to take under certain circumstances.
Today I tried out the new commute from my new house to the new office building. The previous commute was from a busy city center through some majorly trafficked roads to a building with fairly easy access to bicycles and free showers inside. The commute totaled 7.5 miles with about 500 feet of elevation gain. Relatively easy.
My new commute has gone up in distance. It is 12.9 miles and climbs around 1100 feet. Sufficient to say that I broke a sweat on my way there. That wouldn't have been a problem because I don't mind sweating, however, it sucks because I get to work and there are no showers. The commute took me about 1:10:00 on my fiancee's specialized vita which I equipped with some of my own stuff, fitted to myself and carried a pretty massive backpack (see pic). In the backpack there was a motorcycle lock (pretty darn huge and heavy), food, clothes, shoes and hygiene stuff. It most likely weighs 18-22 pounds.
The route while a bit challenging for a commute, was pretty relaxing, scenic and with little traffic. Ideal really. Weather.. sunny but VERY COLD for my taste (Atlanta boy, born and raised in Puerto Rico). The picture attached is from half an hour after I got to the office at 8:30am.
I am sitting at my desk and I have to say I feel very good about doing it. A little nervous for my ride back though! I guess I'll be able to tell a little better if I want to keep commuting depending on what I see tonight when I leave work. On top of that I have panniers, rack and frame pump on their way. I'll most likely commute if I can figure out the shower dilemma, I don't wanna smell for the other people in my office.
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