Earlier this year, spurred on by rising gas prices, I decided to purchase my first ever adult bicycle with the intention of commuting to work. Previous to this, I had not ridden since I was 12 or 13 years old and boy was I was in for a rude awakening.
When I first started riding again, I quickly discovered that I was in no shape to commute to work in the crowded and dangerous streets of Miami. I could not even ride in a straight line! I basically had to wobble the steering left and right just to keep from falling. Like I said, it was a rude awakening, but still I had fun so I decided to stick with it. I kept riding each day for recreation at a local park, usually for 1-2hrs, 3-4 days a week.
It has now been a few months since that fateful first ride, and I finally felt comfortable enough with my bike to take the next step. So today, much to the shock of everyone I know, I commuted to work on my bike for the very first time ever. It was a very liberating experience for me. I did not have to worry about traffic jams or fitting into tiny parking spaces, and I actually arrived to work full of energy instead of half asleep. Today is the first of day of a new beginning for me.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to introduce myself, and if you have time and are so inclinded please help me with the question of which rack and pannier I should buy for my bike (which I will post in the appropriate forum).