I save so much money, stay healthy, and just enjoy life by riding a bicycle nearly everywhere I go.
My wife and I ride often. We have TT style bikes which we ride on the roads, mainly when getting ready for races. We ride gravel bikes mostly off road. Gravel is much safer and gets you out into nature. There are so many cool gravel roads to ride. The rails-to-trails movement has been great for connecting places without the danger of cars and trucks.About 12 years ago a guy in a Ford Ranger tried to put me in the corner pocket. Bent the frame on my Peugeot roadie and cracked my helmet against the curb. I used to do 10 miles every weekday morning. It’s been a stationary bike ever since. Not the same at all. It’s exercise, but no fun. One of these days I’ll pick up a real bike again and get out in nature.
Our area has a Fortune 500 firm that moved to our specific municipality and very successful firms in the area. Fortunately some including the one that moved the HQ mandated good infrastructure including quality of life infrastructure. There's a pathway network in the industrial park connected to the overall conservancy and bike/ped network.I live a perfect distance from work to do it (3.1mi) and most of the way is paved with wide trails and bike lanes. That last half mile is not (see below), and people do not drive slow through that section.
County land near a biz/industrial park, ain't no bike lanes going in here any time soon, sadly. Won't risk it.
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Before you realize it you'll be wearing spandex.See! This is what it becomes, a literal bike shop in his house. Let this be a lesson for those of you out there thinking … hey, I should just get one starter bike (like the Squier of bikes). Next, you will be looking for shop and storage space next to @Stanford Guitar ‘s shop/storage space
A friend commented to me once that the happiest he has seen me was the two years I was in college, working at a bicycle shop, riding everywhere because I didn't have a drivers license.When I lived on the Connecticut shoreline I commuted 36 miles round trip on a 1969 Raleigh 3 speed. I'd do another 10 miles a day just running errands too. I was good for 40 to 50 miles a day most days of the week. I was in great shape and I loved it. Of course, I was poor, with a junky car, hence my bike miles. But I was happy.
Plus, it was priceless to see the look on their faces when I'd announce "On your left!" and drop some guy riding a carbon fiber steed worth more than my junker car. Actually, I'd never actually see their faces because I'd kick it into overdrive and outpace them before I dared turn my head. No way I was going to let that guy have the satisfaction of catching me after that.
Sadly, I just don't feel comfortable riding on Pittsburgh roads. They scare the crap out of me.
I thought it was public service effort not doing that but confess it helps to cut the drag when I do some more epic two wheel travels. My standard uniform is wear sports oriented street clothing over bike liners or a swim suit or whatever is right for the job.Before you realize it you'll be wearing spandex.
I need a nap after reading all of these bicycle post.