I got on my bike today for the first time since November. I know, I know -- I could have biked when it was colder. I could have put on the vinyl pants, balaclava and ski goggles and braved the snow and ice when the temperature was lower than my shoe size. But I'm a physical coward, so I waited until it was warm.
And it was fun. Muddy, but fun. My saddlebags and boots were liberally polka-dotted with road grit by the time I got to the Sun-Times, and I spent some time in the washroom sponging it all off. But the exercise endorphins feel good.
On the way in, I calculated how much I could save if I biked every day. I usually take an L and a bus to and from work. That's $2.25 for each train ride, plus the transfers, which makes $5 for the round trip. Figure $5 per workday for nine non-winter months, and you've got a mortgage payment. Which is a nice thing to consider, though my enthusiasm was dampened by a crazy cabbie honking at me while he was in the bike lane.
Anyone else get on their bike this week?