Hi there, I recently ressurected my old Specialized Rockhopper and started tooling around on it a bit on the bikepaths here in Vermont, when I was struck with the idea of maybe using it to commute to work. I live 12 miles from my job, but there is a REALLY, REALLY big hill in the beginning of my ride on the way in, so I didn't think that I could do it. I found this forum about a week ago, and have been lurking since then, when I found a suggestion to bring my bike with me to work on a Friday morning and ride it home after work, and then ride back into town to get my car on Saturday as a "test run" for commuting. Well, lo and behold, it worked!!! I am so glad to have found this forum!! I am now an official commuter, and am very excited to be less dependent on my car, as well as looking forward to saving a bit of cash on fuel and repairs for it.
After reading many of the posts here, I am realizing just how non-commuter friendly my bike is. I now want fenders, a rack, panniers, a bike computer, new handlebars, and padded gloves. I guess it will all come with time, and for now, I can read all of your posts and dream of what will eventually be!
Thanks for the great forum! Kim