Bike isn’t ready! So in the mean time, here’s some stuff Matt and I found when we were pulling my bike out of the Pile Of Garage Items the other day. This is all stuff I think every biker should have.
With the husband going back to school in the Spring, we’re looking for all kinds of ways to save money. One thing that I’ve been talking about doing for years is to start biking to work. If I can get into a good routine, it will save us $60 a month in parking fees I pay at work, not to mention the gas that I won’t have to buy (it’s usually $50 to fill up the tank on my gas guzzling Chevy Impala).
The route I would take is approximately 8 miles and it’s along the light rail line. I think this distance is totally doable. I just need to bike at least 2 miles (to the closest stop) and then I can take the light rail the rest of the way. My goal is to be able to bike the whole distance eventually, but having the light rail as my failsafe until I have the stamina is going to be a big help.
Last week I purchased a Giant Backpack so I can carry all the necessary goodies to work (change of work clothes and shoes, wallet, purse, space for work files, etc.) and have been using it for about a week now. So far, I like it a lot – holds everything I need and it fits on my back really well.
Next step is to get my bike tuned up. So today Matt helped me find my bike rack and pulled my bike out from behind the Stack Of Everything We Absolutely Have To Keep But Won’t Look At Ever Again.