I would love to tell you I never drive when I could bike, but that’s not true. I do bike a lot, but there are times like last night when I’m tired, it’s dark and cold out, rain is likely and I need to run out to get something from the grocery store. Do I jump into my truck or do I ride?
It was a close call. I ended up riding my Bike Friday NWT because:
- it’s a bike I am stoked about
- it fits me well
- I can wear any shoes with it
- it has fenders and racks
- it has a dynohub and light that never needs charging
- it has two tailights on it that rarely need batteries so one will always be working
- it gets ridden enough that I know it’s tuned well and the tires have enough air
- I keep grocery panniers by the door
- I keep bike locks by the door
- I keep all my bike/outdoor clothing organized so that grabbing the right gear takes little though and is fast
- I have spares so that when two pairs of fleece gloves are in the laundry from a wet bike tour I can pull out a ratty 6yr old pair and keep rolling
- I have bike friendly routes planned to all my usual destinations
- I have safe spots to lock my bikes at all my usual destinations
- I remind myself that biking is good for me and I’ll be glad I rode
When you look at that list it starts to become obvious that you don’t end up riding a bike by accident. If I had to look for some charged batteries and swap a light over from another bike then look for my SPD bike shoes and search for a pair of gloves to wear and then I couldn’t remember where the grocery panniers got put away I might just say screw it and drive. However, because at every turn when I have to make something happen it’s easy then I don’t get deflected from my goal to ride.
If you want to ride your bike next week you need to start putting the pieces together today.