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Once you start riding you will never be ‘normal’ again…

08 Aug

Ah Facebook! A couple of weeks ago I saw that a friend-of-a-friend had posted “yay, I got a new job, bye bye stinky public transport, hello 3 minute drive to work”

I don’t know this person, and their security settings only allowed me to read their post but not reply, but I was thinking “WHAT THE? WHY BOTHER DRIVING 3 MINUTES!!!!”

There was a time in my life where I did drive 10 minutes to work. I would not even give it a second thought now. Say if you drive 3 minutes, and the average speed you are travelling at is 40 km per hour (which is pretty standard for urban/suburban areas when you take into account roundabouts, stop signs, traffic lights etc), then in 3 minutes you are going about 2 kilometres. That might be a bit far to walk, but you would barely notice it on a bike. Say you are a newbie, or have a cruiser bike and are riding very slowly at 15 km per hour, then it would only take you 8 minutes, and you aren’t going to need a shower, so it doesn’t matter if the employer doesn’t provide lockers/showers. No need to spend much on the bike either, so you don’t have to worry much about secure parking for it.

The bad news is the commute, only being 16 minutes a day isn’t going to quite get you up to the 30 minutes a day of exercise that is the BARE MINIMUM everyone should be doing. You will need to go for a walk at lunch time.

But seriously, why not ride?

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2 responses to “Once you start riding you will never be ‘normal’ again…

  1. ihatetoast

    August 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Three. Minutes. THREE MINUTES!?

    I wonder if these people then bag silver medalists for not trying hard enough.

     
    • perthcyclist

      August 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

      Going by how many people were baggin out our athletes I’d say the probability is high! I don’t know this person though so I can’t really say… some people just can’t see past the car they have parked in the driveway. They lose out because of their short sightedness 😛

       

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