Hello! Newbie to CalorieKing, but not a newbie to bike commuting. I love it! This past year I bike commuted from late July to late Feb, until I lost my job. Inspite of cold and occasional snow, I only missed about 5 days of biking. My co-workers thought I was nuts (OK, they may be correct. )
I cut my bike commuting teeth in the late '90s while in my last year of college when my car gave up the ghost and so using my bike was my best (and most affordable) option. Was attending CSU in Ft. Collins, Colorado at the time.
I hated riding bikes, but by the time, 3 yrs later, when I could again afford a car, I had fallen in love with bike commuting. During the 3 years, I went from being a full time student to gainfully employed person, and my first job was swing shift, so I learned about riding at night. Then I learned about ridi ng at night on cold winter nights. Mostly my experience taught me that even in inclement weather, biking is an option, most of the time, and I could do it.
Now that I am unemployed I have been riding my bike quite a bit and am hoping to find a job within biking distance. If not, since I am a renter, I can move closer to the job to bike commute, if needed. Bike commuting, I do it because I enjoy it, the health bennies and gas saving are secondary to me. (but ain't they cool!)