The time differential between driving to work and cycling isn’t all that much, it’s the overhead that’s a killer.
- get up
- put on my bike costume
- pedal to work
- Put on corporate costume
- change back into bicycle costume
- pedal home
- Pack corporate costume in saddlebag for the next day
That’s a lot of extra work.
I think that since it’s cooler out in the mornings now, I’m going to just put on my office outfit at home, ride in (perhaps a bit more gingerly than normal) and if I stink up the place – so be it.
To that end, I’ve put regular non-clipless pedals on the Trek. I love my SPDs, but it’s just too much of a pain in the ass keeping track of all my shoes. I need my SPDs for bicycling, brown corporate office shoes for work, and sneakers for at the gym. I look like a traveling shoe salesman half the time. If I could find a comfortable brown sneakerish thing that I can do everything in, I would be set.
Those pedals suck. I made it about 20 feet and turned around. I’m going to switch out the BMX pedals on the diamondback tommorow.