Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I am faced with the imminent death of my poor car, and I have absolutely no room in my budget for repairs (which would cost as much as another used car) or for another car.
My solution, which is brilliant in my mind, is to bike to work and save the car for really bad weather days and grocery shopping. However, what works in my mind and on paper has a funny way of not being so neat in real life.
Last time I tried to ride a bike as an adult was a miserable failure, but I knew nothing of how to work gears or make it easier on myself in any way. I am watching videos like crazy to remedy this. I am also terrified of riding on the road with cars - both because I don't want to be the fat girl on a bike on the side of the road, and because I don't want to have a wreck. Also, I work at night. The up side to that is that there will be less traffic on the way to work. The down sides are loads of traffic on the trip home as well as the danger of being on a bike in not so great parts of the city at night. Mace???
Anyway, I see how this arrangement could be beneficial in so many ways. And in all honesty, it's going to be pretty much my only option. I just need to overcome my fears with education and planning. Does anyone out there bike regularly and have any advice for riding? Particularly on the road and at night? For instance, I know I am to keep to the right side of the road, but what about when I need to make a left turn? Do I just hop over to the left turn lane? If I don't trigger the light, and it refuses to turn green, can I run it? (I'd do that in my car) ;)
I live about 8.5 miles from work. 20 minutes by car. How long should I plan for a bike ride? I've been seeing that for an out of shape person they should plan for an hour, so I've planned to give myself an hour and a half at least. In the next couple weeks I will A) buy a bike and B) start some short rides around the apartment to build up some stamina. Maybe on a weekend I will actually try to get all the way to work and see how it goes. And until I get a bike, I can start on the one that's in the apartment complex's fitness center.
Please, if anyone has advice, I welcome it!!! Have any of you ever done this? Were you in shape already or sadly out of shape like me?