That’s about six weeks now that I’ve been cycling to work. I’ve saved about £80 in train fares, and I’m getting to and from work earlier than with the train.
It’s just over 5 miles each way, so I’m getting in 10 miles a day, except the one day when I have a guitar lesson. So, 40 miles a week for commuting, then there’s mileage on top of that if we’re out on the bikes at the weekend.
I feel better for it, mentally as well as physically, so that’s a plus. It’s also nice to be able to take a different route now and again just so it’s doesn’t get monotonous.
Time wise, I’m quicker door to door by bike. Leaving the house to get to the station, then the journey time, plus the walk from the station to work, is about 40 -45 minutes. Door to door on the bike is about 20 – 30 minutes, depending if there’s a head wind or a tail wind.
I’d like to get a out further afield and do some wee runs on the bike out in the country. I’m hoping to get a roof rack for the car, so we can drive to the coast with the bikes, then get a ferry over to Bute or Cumbrae or even Arran, for a cycle round.
I know my wife wouldn’t be interested (at the moment at least), but I’d love to strap on some panniers, and just start cycling north, and see where we ended up. Quiet roads, and ferries to the western isles, that would be great.