Today, I rode a bicycle to work. The whole way. From south Richmond to IU East.
It was about 5 or 6 miles, and I did it in about 40 minutes. 8 minute mile isn’t bad.
My father in law lent me his bicycle (a “Mongoose” recreational bike) to use for a few days, since I wanted to see if this was even feasible. The seat was very uncomfortable (my butt still kind of hurts) and the gears were a bit clunky — but I made it. I only had to stop to walk the bike once, when turning from Chester Blvd to Oak drive, since the hill was so steep I felt like my legs would fall off.
The bike I want to get, the Townie 8 (pictured below), should be a lot easier to ride. So I figure that if I can make it to work on an uncomfortable bike, with a sore back (I pulled a muscle or something last night when I was laying on a yoga ball) — then surely with a better back and a better bike I should be able to do it.
Richmond’s not that big — and Mark is right, you can bike it.