As I've mentioned, I'm in the process of prepping my mountain bike to be a commuter bike. Due to a few constraints, I was targeting this Tuesday as my first bike commute day. The shower at work needs tile repair that will be completed by Tuesday. My fenders and rack will arrive Monday and be installed Monday night. Based on the convergence of all of these details, Tuesday looked like THE DAY. Until I remembered I am working Sunday.
Due to current business conditions, my team is working rotating Sundays. Tomorrow is my first Sunday, and it struck me as a great day to ride to work. I can test out the route under minimal traffic conditions, and get empirical evidence of what I'm in for when I ride during the week. It's 14 miles each way, so I'll also get in a little exercise.
I still need to take care of a few basics. I need to go by a bike shop and pick up a seat bag since my old bag was packed away by the movers. I might buy some plain ol' Eggbeaters, as my Candy pedals are a tight fit with my new shoes. I'll throw some stuff in my backpack, including a change of clothes, baby wipes and deodorant. In other words -- I'll "make do".
I'm looking forward to a good ride tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.
P.S. For those of you that want a homework assignment and know something about Houston bike routes, think about how you would ride from the intersection of Gessner and Briar Forest to the intersection of Corporate Drive and the Southwest Fwy (Hwy 59). Discussion to follow...