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My First Commuting Anniversary!

seajaysseajays Posts: 330
edited June 2015 in Commuting chat
Well it's official - today is the first anniversary of commuting to work by bike (and if you were around a year ago, you'll know that that's after twenty years of not riding at all!)

And I've managed to cycle every working day - sun, wind, rain or snow! No more bus for me! 8)

So what have I learned:
  • I really enjoy cycling - I was a bit worried at the beginning - wondering whether things like knees/joints etc would hold up. There was some adjustment at first, but now it's all good!
  • It's so much faster than the bus ever was - it takes me just 20-25 minutes for my little commute one way - if I had to get the bus it would be twice that at least!
  • The miles and time mount up - according to Strava I've cycled over 3,200 miles and spend over 244 hours on the bike! (I know that's not a lot to some of you - but it really made me think, especially as I've halved my commute time as well).

I've also learned:
  • I now want another bike "for best" :wink: - still haven't managed to find quite the right convincing argument for SWMBO yet though - despite all your help :lol:
  • The weather really isn't a problem if you're wearing the right clothing (which I have to admit in my case does involve a lot of lycra).
  • Aberdeen isn't a bad place to cycle, and city driving isn't as scary as I thought it would be if you ride assertively.
  • Half of you lot on here are crazy cycling freaks who can knock out 100 miles with your eyes shut and no hands! Something which I still yet aspire to...
  • You can take your bike on trains - I had a meeting in Glasgow last week, so I took my bike on the train and cycled to the meeting as well!
  • Don't ever ask about the merits of helmets. Or Hi-Viz.

So year two starts here!
Cannondale CAADX Tiagra 2017
Revolution Courier Race Disc '14
My Strava

Posts

  • LefthookLefthook Posts: 124
    Where's the Like button?
  • dhopedhope Posts: 6,699
    Lefthook wrote:
    Where's the Like button?
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    Congrats 8)
    Now, about bike 2.

    If you can't buy it all at once then you need to start buying it in pieces.
    Look at that wheelset - your wheels will eventually fail, and this is too good a deal to pass up.
    Pretty soon you have enough spare parts to build a new bike and it'd be silly not to do that.

    If you need any pointers, talk to DanielB ;)
    Rose Xeon CW Disc
    CAAD12 Disc
    Condor Tempo
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,788 Lives Here
  • surrey_commutersurrey_commuter Posts: 11,181
    very well done

    outside of the freaks on this forum you would find very few people cycling more than 3,200 miles per year
  • homers_doublehomers_double Posts: 6,569
    Unfortunatly my job and location of office mean it's nigh on impossible to commute by bike. 3.5 miles from home and needing a car for work is such a pain.

    Well done though and +props for the commitment.
    Advocate of disc brakes.
  • pollys_bottpollys_bott Posts: 981
    All the above seconded - good for you, and keep it up!
  • seajaysseajays Posts: 330
    Cheers guys! I would encourage anyone on here who's just thinking of starting to commute by bike to just do it.

    What prompted me was a move to a new office location - and I have to admit I have a very nice easy cycle - almost all of my 5.6 miles is off road cycle path, past lovely trees and fields.

    But even so, my bus commute home when I was in the city centre used to take an hour. When I now have to go into the city centre during the week, my commute home takes me just over 35 minutes. I now wish I'd been doing this years ago!
    Cannondale CAADX Tiagra 2017
    Revolution Courier Race Disc '14
    My Strava
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Congratulations

    2012 was my starting point - first time on a bike since University in the 1980s! Similarly am completely converted and love it. Saving north of 2 grand on London travel is a real bonus too
  • davisdavis Posts: 2,566
    Unfortunatly my job and location of office mean it's nigh on impossible to commute by bike. 3.5 miles from home and needing a car for work is such a pain.

    Leave the car at work?


    Well done Seajays.
    Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes it’s your fault.
  • gingamangingaman Posts: 576
    Good on you Seajays. I find it really helps to have someone friendly on strava to 'compete' with :P :mrgreen: 8)
  • Nice post Seajays - re the N+1 - it's been quoted several times on here but 'it's easier to seek forgiveness than permission' is a good approach.
  • seajaysseajays Posts: 330
    Nice post Seajays - re the N+1 - it's been quoted several times on here but 'it's easier to seek forgiveness than permission' is a good approach.

    You've clearly never met my wife… :lol::mrgreen:

    Seriously though my cycle to work payments finish this month... which then means I can then get another bike through that tax free again apparently! So that might well be happening...
    Cannondale CAADX Tiagra 2017
    Revolution Courier Race Disc '14
    My Strava
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,649
    Re N+1.
    Your current bike has already paid for itself by saving on PT & gym membership.
    Bike 2 will pay for itself in the coming year/years.
    Buy for the "good" bike and trickle down to the commuter.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
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