After reading some of the threads on this site and getting ready I made my first commute today. I spent a couple weeks preparing. Did not want to ride my road bike in to work so I started looking for a MTB or Hybrid. I was lucky enough to find a barely used '96 Specialized Rockhopper on Craigslist that was quite reasonable. Tune-up, new Hybrid tires, lights and I am on my way.
It was about 40º and cloudy when I came in. What a great ride. I have not ridden in the dark since I was a kid, I really appreciated taking my time in selecting lights. It was no issue at all. The commute is about 17 miles one way through mostly rural areas. The route is all back roads and side streets. We have shower facilities at work and a very nice set up for locking up bikes. Makes me wonder why I never did this before.
I also posted this on the How was Your Commute Today thread
THANK YOU for the warm welcome. I am planning on using the Rockhopper for most of the commutes. My idea is to use the commutes as a training for the recreational rides on the weekend. I have been riding about a year after about a 30 year break. I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.