All day after my bike ride to work I had kind of a good vibe buzz. I felt great, and had a great attitude all day. I’m not sure if this kind of feeling will accompany future rides, but it was a nice bonus that I hadn’t expected from my first ride.
The Ride Home
For the ride home I needed some water. My bottle of spring water got crushed on the ride to work. I had hoped to refill it for the ride home. All they had at work was Aquafina, and I don’t really like the tast of it. I decided to set off and stop at a store on the way home.
It felt weird biking across the parking lot on the way out. Where I work I’ve only seen one or two people ever bike to work. We have around 5000 people where I work, so that’s a very low number of bicycle commuters.
I made my way out of the parking lot and down the street. After about a mile I saw a Walgreens and stopped for a bottled water. I’ll need to find a refillable bottle that will fit in my cup holder for future rides. Most people have water bottle holders instead of cup holders, but when we first started riding our bikes around town we would ride out for lunch. When we left we liked to bring a cup of soda with us for the ride home. Now we’ve given up soda and most places give out super tiny water cups, so the cup holder isn’t as useful anymore. Even so, I already have it, so I’m going to keep using it for now. I think I might be able to find a water bottle at home that might fit in it.
On the to work in the morning I wasn’t in any hurry and enjoyed the ride. After work I was anxious to get home to my family. I’m always more than ready to get home after working all day. I recognized the feeling and tried relax a bit and enjoy the ride. Overall I enjoyed the ride home, but not as much as I enjoyed the ride to work.
This is something I’ll have to consider in deciding if I want to continue biking to work. We moved closer to work so that I could spend more time with my family, and with an hour bike ride, I’m right back to where I started before we moved. Biking has it’s benefits, of course, but the time is going to be a consideration.
The wind picked up in the final two miles. A tail wind would have been nice, but this turned out to be a head wind. It slowed me down quite a bit and I clocked in at one hour and five minutes for the ride home.
I want to share a little about my bike. Some people get the idea to bike to work so they go out and buy a new bike. That’s the consumerist way, and around here we prefer the minimalist way. That means using what we already have. In my case it’s a single speed Schwinn beach cruiser. In some ways it’s a good commuter bike – it has fenders and a chain guard. In other ways it’s not an ideal commuter – it has really wide tires and is single speed.
And I clicked post instead of save draft… so let’s continue this in the next post. 🙂