Is It Hard To Bike Rather Than Drive?
OK - first off, please go and read this first rate article by Andy in Germany - Car Free Struggles. When you’re done, and have left a suitable comment, come back here and read the rest of this post.
You’re back? Good. Here’s my question for you:
Really, how hard is it to ride your bike for most journeys?
I have struggled in the last week - crappy weather making the roads all icy (or, as my inner child would describe it, “fun: wheeee!”); Wife away living it up in That London with decadent friends (you know who you are), so I’ve had to get any away-from-the-office business done between 09:30 and 15:00 including traveling time; and a couple of meetings with new clients / people I wanted to really impress that demanded the full-on I’m-wearing-a-very-nice-suit-and-yes-I-am-the-smartest-guy-you’ll-meet-today effort.
But I wonder if those are just excuses, so I’m back at it tomorrow, with a ride to a client on the Team Valley, where I’ll be giving a presentation on ISO9001. Of course, it helps that Wife’s home now, so I can set off at early o’clock and providing I’m home by early-ish evening, I’ll be OK.
What about those regular “but we need to drive to go to the supermarket” excuses though?
True, in the last year, we’ve managed to drop that from a couple of times a week to roughly every ten days. Maybe I need some sort of Workbike. So after reading what Andy had to say, I’ve resurrected my project to build a cargo module for our tandem. Basically, this will be a frame to drop over the rear saddle, that will then securely hold four 35-litre plastic tubs I got from Sweden. Well, Ikea, actually. But you get the point.
The total capacity will be 140 litres, which is as big as the boot (trunk) on a small car. Plus I’ll have a flat top to it, that can be used to strap larger items to. I could have got an Xtracycle . . . but that’d mean another long bike for me to store somewhere, and most of my budget for a replacement Sturdy Commuting Bike too.
So. What do you reckon - is it really so hard to bike rather than drive? And if it is, what would make it easier for you?