Greetings. First post in the forums but second time commuting by bike after a few years of driving. Basically cutting car bills and the need to buy another car after some idiot rear ended me at a stop light. Could have cried watching my old car get towed. I dont make much and have been staying with relatives to get by, so also just wanted to stop relying on others and get back to doing things on my own. Not being a bum lol.
Just bought a Giant Excape 2 today after testing it out. Didnt want to go cheap on a walmart bike that would break after first usage. Got a rack on it right now and deciding what to hold on the back of it for lunch, drinks, and ect. Still need rails? Ugh not familiar with bike terms. The guards that go over the tires. No lights yet either so that will have to come soon as well. One extra tube on hand and a patch kit with 6 patches and a pump on it. Hated spending money on a helmet that fits my noggin. Wanted the cheap 30 dollar one but had to get the 70 dollar one to where I wouldnt be annoyed with the tightness by my temples.
The ride to work is around 6.4 miles long where im at with relatives going to work. Google maps with bike directions says it will be around 35 minutes one way to work. Itd be nice to know estimate time on that from anyone who rides that distance. Not really hilly or anything. My last time commuting was a about a mile away so couldnt say much about the ride lol. This ones more in a country area. Could cut it to 4 miles but I'm detouring to avoid 55mph road with fast crazy drivers on it.
Will be getting an apartment one town over in the next month, but awesome thing is I can take a bike route for most of the trip and only worry about cars once in town to where ill be working.
Hope to get to know you all on here better soon.