For those of you who aren’t aware, I am a bike commuter — in good weather, that is. 🙂 From April through September of last year, I commuted 14 miles a day on a single-speed aluminum-frame Next bike, partly as an experiment to see if I could and to see if I could maintain my physical fitness…
…And I was hooked.
Now, while I felt absolutely nothing wrong with commuting on a single-speed, the bicycle itself was fairly limited in what it could do. Namely, hills. For each of the three hills I have to go over on my way to/from work, I’d have to get off and ‘hoof it.’
So, when the opportunity presented itself (i.e. I’m certain bicycle commuting will be a yearly thing), I upgraded. 🙂
My new bike is a Schwinn High-Timber women’s bike, with 21 speeds and (now) a water bottle cage and cargo rack. Not an aluminum frame (this one’s steel), but I’ve ridden it a few times in the last few days, and lemme say, it is a dream. The gears totally make up for the extra weight.
And, if you’ve been paying attention to my twitter feed, I’m completely and totally stoked for my first commute by bike (Tuesday, hopefully, if the weather holds).
Do any of you commute by bicycle?