Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The BMX commute

I have a BMX bike. It's a Specialized Fuse 2. It's not the best bike, but it had a low buy it now price on eBay and free shipping. I don't really know anything about BMX. I didn't grow up riding it like a lot of people and I'm kind of scared to do cool tricks. It came with no brakes, so I was terrified to ride it anywhere. I bought a u-brake for it, so it stops just slightly better than it did with the soles of my shoes.

For some reason, I decided that I wanted to ride my BMX bike to work today. Dario does it all the time and it seemed to work out well for him, but he work much closer to work. 2 1/2 miles isn't exactly an epic commute, but is kind of a long way to go when you can't really pedal and sit at the same time.

While not expeditious, it's great. I got to work in pretty much the same time, but on the way home I spent some time riding around Constitution Plaza, the parking lots of State buildings and other back alleys, hoping off little ledges and stuff. I'm not very good at it, but I'm good enough to have fun (sort of like my skateboarding skill). I think because I'm low to the ground and can't go very fast, poking around feels more right.

This would certainly make the boringest BMX video ever. Stay tuned!


Ted Kruchten said...

Using a bike as a way on commuting, impacts the environment in a good way. I was influenced by my friend to use a bike for short distances, instead of using a car, since she told me that it saves a lot of cash that way, and in fact, it works fine with me as I've been able to appreciate the surroundings with that.

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