Today I accepted a new job that I will start next month. Currently, my job is 250 miles away from my home. So commuting by bicycle really isn't feasible.
Well, not from home anyway. I do have an apartment in the next town over. I could actually bike back and forth. Except that my work schedule keeps me in the office for 12, 14, 15 or more hours each day (when I'm up there). I rarely leave the office before 10p.m., and occassionally after midnight. Only to return the next morning at 8 or so. The reason was so that I could be home on Fridays.
So, instead, last spring and summer, I kept my old bike in the office and would ride in the evening, then return to the office to work some more. That worked well and I had some great rides out in the countryside in NW Wisconsin (near the MN border in the Cities area). Although I did get honked at once and someone in the passenger seat flipped me off. Gopher fans I figure ... I was wearing my Bucky jersey. (I wonder what they would have done had I been wearing my Obama jersey!?!)
Well, because of the distance and time away from home, I have been looking for a situation that was closer to home. Now I have one. Working for the state in an office building a block from the Capitol Square in Madison. According to Mapquest, I am about 10 miles from the new office.
10 miles. That's a 40 minute ride. On my bike. (vs a 25 min car ride at rush hour!) Sounds like I will be able to commute to my new job on my bike. And still be able to leave on time to pick up my daughter from after-school care on time. Cool.
I may start using the old hybrid bike - a Diamondback Parkway, circa 1994.
On the other hand, I find the road bike to be a lot more comfortable! We'll see. Spring can't come soon enough!