A Lovely Bike Commute?

My bike commutes this week have been lovely, full of sunshine and flowers and blue skies.  That’s what I was thinking, anyway…

Then I read Sam’s “Bike to Work Week” post, which is hilarious (as always), but sadly too true.  You gotta read the post yourself, but basically it has me wondering how lovely my bike commutes really are – objectively.

I have so much experience riding in the city now, the stress mostly rolls off my back: speeding SUVs buzzing me, car doors flung open in my path, cabs idling in the bike lane.  All of that craziness is a dim hum in the background for me, but a new bike commuter would be totally freaked out – and with good reason.

But there’s a lot to be said for sticking with bicycling long enough to get over those initial freak-outs.  Because, as Sam discusses, once you move beyond all that, bicycling “will be the most blissful state of existence you will ever know.”  That’s where I’m coming from when I rhapsodize about my lovely bike commutes every day.  Totally subjective.  :)

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13 thoughts on “A Lovely Bike Commute?

  1. MamaV says:

    lucky duck- it’s been pouring here… all darn week. I was still game to bike to tennis if only tennis hadn’t gotten cancelled… For the afternoon I stayed indoors much to the kids annoyance. I was not up for walking to the library in the rain at all.

  2. Carolyn I. says:

    It’s been nice riding here. I finally took a ride out into the country this past weekend. I really enjoyed the birds singing away and the lack of automobile sounds. Today I noticed that the blossoms are finally coming out! I love spring…

    • David says:

      I’m glad it’s nice for you, it wasn’t bad here either. I was in Chicago all weekend, worst weather ever for mid-May, wasn’t it?
      But yeah, great post, and thanks for sharing the link to the very funny/true post! I can remember thinking my route was crazy. Now I don’t even think about it. I just enjoy the blissfulness of bicycling.

  3. SurlyGirl says:

    Lucky you! This is my first week of commuting and it has rained everyday. Not just a drizzle but a downpour.

  4. Maureen says:

    It is raining in NY for the past few days, and will continue to do so the rest of the week. No riding here for me. I’m off to read the recommended post. Cheers to tailwinds and a sunbeam to warm you!

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