Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes: Mezzo D9, 2012 Giant Avail 2
First week on a folder
First week of multi mode commuting.
I'm about 1 1/2 miles from the station at this end, 10 mile train trip that takes between 20 and 30 minutes and then another ~3 miles (Waterloo to Brick Lane, if you know London). Wednesday (a week and a half ago) I picked up a Mezzo D9.
I'm really enjoying it, but of course it's a mix.
Good thing: Morning journey from waterloo takes about the same time as it took to walk from Bank Station (i.e. I am saving the time of a tube journey and associated queuing and heartache)
Bad thing: Evening journey takes about 2 times that! I still haven't found a good route in the opposite direction, and I keep getting off course while experimenting with alternatives. It's darker, busier and drivers are more aggressive.
Good thing: Suddenly finding you are passing the British Museum or the Barbican or some other landmark after taking a wrong turn.
Bad thing: World's shortest nightmare: bike, car, BAM! (woke in the middle of the night after 3 days commuting. Estimate the dream lasted less than a second).
Good thing: Number of demonstrations done for curious passers-by: 2.
Bad thing: Number of trains missed due to bike: 5 (four of them were the same morning - don't ask!). 1 was because I couldn't fold it fast enough, the others due to overcrowding.
Good thing: Cycling is not (necessarily) harder than walking, so I've been able to keep it up although I've got a nasty chest cold.
Bad thing: Arriving at work exhausted because sometimes traffic forces you to pedal quickly, and you have a cold that by rights should have kept you in bed.
Bad thing: London bike lanes - they appear and disappear at will.
Good thing: The bounce in my step that seems to last the morning.
Bad thing: Passing between 2 double decker buses.
Good thing: Admiring looks the bike gets from colleagues - including a Brompton user.
Bad thing: London pedestrians (see commuting forum)
Good thing: Noticing how popular folders are: there are 3 in my section of maybe 30 people, and I see tons on the way through London.
That will do for now - I may add some more later.