Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Well, I've finished my first week of commuting by bike. What have I learned so far:
I really need somewhere to store a few things at work like shoes and clothes. There are a couple of lockers so I will have to see if one is available.
I feel so much better during the day compared to driving. This alone is a good reason to stick with riding.
Getting changed into work clothes and then back into riding clothes later is a little inconvenient but I suppose I'll get used to that.
Above all, I love the fact I'm doing something "alternative". Nobody around here rides to work and I've gotten a couple of funny looks from other staff when I rock up in cycling attire.
I'm saving money on fuel, tyres, brakes, etc on the car. I'm not polluting (except for an occasional burst of methane ), it's quiet, I see things I wouldn't normally see in the car (like a family of wood ducks - Mum, Dad and half-dozen bubs).
Overall, what's not to love about it? Thanks for the encouragement and advice this past week.
See you out there
No idea what your work environment is like, but if you have a desk or workspace that's 'yours', at a pinch, everything could go in a lidded basket / tub or something that you could just slide out of sight under the desk. Or, the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet if there's one going spare. That plus a hook on the back of a door somewhere for a towel and you're sorted.
At work, I keep two pairs of shoes, toiletries and chamois + microfibre towel and two jackets in case I need to be presentable at short notice. That means I only need to transport undies + mid-layer and lunch, which goes in my trunk bag with enough room to spare to pick something up for dinner on the way home
“Lexa”: 2012 Trek Lexa S; “Bluey”: 2006 Trek 7.0FX
I work at a "hot desk" which means it's not "my" space. I work only 3 days a week ATM and other people use the desk on days I'm not there.
I hang my towel off a filing cabinet next to me so at least it dries. I keep my riding clothes in my (open) bag under my desk.
No doubt I'll fine tune things as time goes on.
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