The Challenges of Bike Commuting
It’s July. The weather is perfect. I have a brand new bike. I do not have the problems the owner of the bike above was clearly dealing with. Still, I cannot seem to get it together to ride my bike to work.
I started prepping Wednesday evening for a Friday AM commute. I ironed clothes to bring to the office and leave. On Thursday, I left my laptop locked up at the office (an act that left me struggling with withdrawal symptoms from constant access to technology). Thursday night, I started laundry, planning a riding outfit, a work outfit, plus footwear for both. There is a shower at work if you can believe it — a perk that should make commuting by bike even easier. It doesn’t. I considered a hair dryer, shampoo, towel, assorted toiletries.
My backpack for the ride was starting to bust its seams. I don’t have panniers, which I realize would really help. But the act of getting ready for work, at work, seemed a little counterintuitive.
Wow, this was really becoming a production.
Then, I realized my coffee Thermos wouldn’t fit into the water bottle cage.