I started bicycle commuting in 2003. At first it was just a couple days a week and I didn't do it during the cold winter months. But sometime in 2004 I realized I preferred my bicycle commute over driving. Traffic in Phoenix is getting worse everyday, but the bike lane is just about always clear. So now I only drive to work when I have some kind of personal or business off-site commitment that forces me to take my truck. I also figured out that a base layer really helps in the cold months, so now I don't even mind too much when the temperature drops. My drive takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes depending on traffic. My bicycle commute is 18.5 miles and takes 50 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes depending on wind and luck with lights. I usually ride to work in an "easy distance" recovery heart rate zone. If I have intervals or hills on my training schedule I'll work them in on my way home.
For anyone thinking about bicycle commuting, I highly recommend getting a copy of Ed Pavelka's "Bicycle Commuting for Fun and Profit" available as an eBook from RoadBikeRider.com.
Ed's eBook has great tips for a beginning bicycle commuter and helped me overcome some of the worries I had before I decided to give it a try. Now it's a part of my way of life!
If you live in the Phoenix metro area you can use the
Maricopa County bicycle map to find a safe route to work (request a free
hard copy by calling 602-254-6300):
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Mike Enfield. All rights
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