A couple of days ago I posed the question of “To bike commute or not to bike commute.” The consensus leaned towards “to bike.” The only negative response I’ve really received is from my mom who is worried about my riding a bike on busy city streets.
I have permission from my boss, a place to store a bike, access to a shower if I need it and a ridiculously short commute. It seems like everything is lining up for me to become a bike-commuter.
Well, except for one, minor detail: I don’t have a bike.
I began the process of remedying that this weekend as I went to testride a couple of cycles. The first was a Fuji Crosstown 3.0 and I didn’t really love it. The gears felt a little loose and the brakes were tight but squeaked pretty badly. I realize that the shop could tweak those issues, but it rubbed me the wrong way that there were already problems. The second bike I rode was a Giant Sedona DX (the bike in the picture) – and I loved it. It was smooth, felt like it was very solid and handled potholes and other dips like a champ. The only problem? The bike I rode was the last one in stock. And the last that the store is going to get (according to the salesman). The next shipment will be the 2009 models and they’re going up by 20%. That’s a lot of cash.
So I’m still looking. But I’m well on my way.
Any additional bike-related input you want to share as I continue my search?