Yesterday I bicycled to work. The biggest issue for me was the weather because it was really cold, but the 5.5 mile ride wasn’t too bad. It took me 40 minutes, because I had to slow down at every single entryway. (That made me realize just how many driveways there are along Saginaw Road). I still made it to work before everyone else and I didn’t get hit by a car. I had a lot of energy for the day, got a good work out, did something good for the environment and saved on gas for my car. It was all good.
On the return trip home though, I realized that the wind has a major impact on whether the ride is difficult or not. It was VERY windy. It was pretty horrible. I felt like I was riding up hill the whole way home. I also shouldn’t have skipped lunch because the ride home was kicking my butt.
I think I’ll try bicycle commuting on Fridays. I also think I need to look into selling the mountain bike I have and getting something better with a much more squishy seat.
Socks & Gloves: Lessons from a first time bicycle commuter
In May I am going to ask people to ride their bikes, walk, carpool or use the bus to get to work. So I’ve decided I should know what I’m asking of people. Don’t ask people to do something you wouldn’t do yourself, right?
With that in mind, I decided to ride my bicycle to work today. I live about 5 to 6 miles from my job. I didn’t know how cold it was when I left the house, but apparently it was about 30 degrees outside. It took me 40 minutes to ride to work.
Wear extra socks and a pair of gloves. Or better yet, don’t ride when it’s cold out.
Bring something to rid yourself of helmet hair. I use an afro pic.
Grow a pair and ride in the street. My ride on the sidewalk was kinda tumultuous.
Wear something to keep your ears warm if it’s cold outside.