I have been slacking pretty bad on my riding lately for various (crappy) reasons.
I am going to a new school in fall, and it's pretty close. About 7ish miles away. I CAN drive, but I prefer not to. It makes me nervous and I don't have a decent car. I thought 'Well hey 7 miles one way is not THAT bad' I even mapped out a safer bike route that avoids the major roads
However, I have never done any sort of bike commute. What are some commuter concerns?
Some obvious ones that spring to mind are
-Weather. What do i do when it rains, or snows? Despite keeping my person dry, I'd rather not leave my bike out on the rain chained to a rack.
-Theft/Vandalism. I have a high quality U lock and a cable I use with it. I am less worried about someone taking the bike, more worried about someone getting mean and popping my tires or walking off with the saddle (this is college there ARE jerks like this)
-Carry load. I am not a full time student, but I will be there at least 3-4 days a week with some number of books.
Also, I will more than likely be taking evening classes. I have a basic headlight and taillight, my helmet AND bike are white so I am pretty visible, but I will be riding partially through a less than favorable area of town. What do night time riders do to protect themselves?
So give it to me straight, is this realistic? To wanna ride 15ish miles a day on commute 3-4 days a week at night with a bag of notebooks?
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