The bike commute is progressing. It’s about 40 minutes no matter what I do, but I can live with that. It’s all downhill in the morning, which is so easy, but that means that it’s uphill after work, which is tiring. Walking my bike uphill after an 8 hour day makes me wish for more gears. Three speeds just aren’t enough. Especially with all stuff I feel it’s necessary to carry.
The front basket holds my purse and jacket, the side basket has my water bottle and the repair/toolkit. My coffee cup is in a special cupholder attached to my handlebars. It’s the silliest thing, but it’s also potentially useful because I don’t have a water bottle cage on the bike, so there’s no easy way to get a sip of water while I’m pedaling. I need to stop, dig out my water bottle, and then open it.
Today I carried more stuff with me. The front basket holds my laptop, sweater and water bottle. The rear basket has my purse, the repair kit, and my lunch. No coffee today, because while the cupholder does an excellent job of holding up the cup, the lid doesn’t do that great a job of keeping the liquid inside.
I always carry *something* on my bike. I don’t like wearing a backpack or messenger bag while cycling. Even if it’s just my purse and water bottle in the front basket. I really need to get a second collapsible rear basket….
Riding and pushing this load is certainly making me stronger and increasing my stamina. I rode on Friday, did a 5 hour dance intensive on Saturday, set up and took down a sound system on Sunday, and rode today, and I’m not tired, and things really don’t hurt. Except for the bruise on the back of my leg, where I hit myself with the pedal….
This is one of my Round 2 entries in the Let’s Go Ride A Bike Summer Games.