A week ago, I got it in my head that I wanted to see what it would be like to ride a road bike. So I went to the store, hopped on the first bike that looked both attractive and reasonably priced, and fell in love. I put a deposit down on it and set out to sell my current bike, which was a comfortable ride but far from decent for a daily commute of close to 14 miles.
On Tuesday, I discovered a really cool thing about facebook: if you post a picture of something you’re considering selling and tell all your acquaintances on there that you’re selling it, you might just be able to sell that thing within a day. Wednesday after work, a friend came by, tried out my bike, and then took it home with her.
Thursday, I left work and promptly went to the bike store to pay the remainder of the price and take it home (yay for layaway!).
Friday proved to be a stormy day, so alas I did not try the ride.
I instead waited until this morning. I got up, tossed on some clothes, and hopped on my bike for a trial run in to work. Where my old bike took about 50 minutes to make the commute, I was able to do it today in 31:25. This could be due to a number of things: (1) this new bike is incredible, but more likely (2) I’m in better shape now than I was last time I rode and (3) I’m about 15 pounds lighter this time, too. The bike helps in having a light frame and being streamlined, but the rest of the work is all me.
I never thought I would want to become a bike commuter, but it literally takes the same amount of time as it does to drive and then park and ride the shuttle or walk in, so I have nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.