Monday, July 23, 2007

How could I forget to mention the bicycle is a good invention

I bought a Trek 7.2FX WSD last weekend. It's an nice bike. I've never had a Trek before. Their headquarters and plant is in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, they only make their higher end bikes in the US. My bike had a lovely "Made in China" sticker on the head tube. Not a nice sight - not that I was particularly looking to buy a bike made in the US, but still, it'd be nice to know that US companies actually do make some of their products in this country. Even if the frame I bought was made in the States, I'm sure most of the components wouldn't be, so there's no winning.

Regardless, I bought the bike so I could start riding it to work. Yesterday morning I woke up early and hopped on the bike and trekked downtown to check out the route and see how long it would take me. Going at a fairly leisurely pace, I got to my office in about 30 minutes. Not too bad. So I would add about 10 - 15 minutes for traffic. Sure, it's longer than the Metra takes me, but this way I'm (a) saving money (after I've recouped my investment in the bike that is - after about 5 months of riding) and (b) being more environmentally conscious. Of course, there's the added health benefit. Last night, on the eve of my being a bike commuter most of the time, I packed my bag, got everything ready, put the new water bottle cage on my bike, the bike lock key on my key ring and went to bed excited and a little anxious about my morning commute. How long would it really take me? How bad was traffic going to be going down Milwaukee? Would I hate showering in the work out room in my office building? Then I remembered, I no longer have access to the work out room. I lost my key card and hadn't gotten the new one activated to enter it. Now I either had to (a) shower before I left the house and go slow enough that I wasn't too sweaty when I got to work (be) ride to the gym and shower there or (c) just take the train and put off my bike commute for one more day. I chose the latter. I'm such a wuss.

But tomorrow - I'll be riding the bike to work for sure!


Anonymous said...

So? How was it?
-- SB

Melanie Higgins said...

sb - not bad. Two days in a row on the bike. didn't this morning (thurs) because, ahem, of the rain. And I wanted to sleep in a bit.

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