Yesterday I was sitting at my desk and decided that I wanted to become a SmartCommuter. Yes, I know the SmartCommute Challenge ended last week. I guess you can say I heard my calling a bit late. Anyway, I feel like as the new Marketing Intern, I should start to practice what I preach and use alternative transportation.
That being said, I made some calls to find a bike I could borrow for the summer. Luckily, one of my friends is out of town all summer so… I’ll use his while he’s gone. Perfect! Now, in order to not look like a newbie bike rider I decided that I needed some gear so I raided the storage room at the office and gathered any biking materials I saw, including the wildly entertaining bike reflector lights.
When I got to his house and walked into his garage. There were four bikes hanging up on a bike rack. Choices! Sweet! I carefully inspected each bike to see which one would make me the most ELITE SmartCommuter. Naturally, I chose the biggest one he had to avoid being the grown man who still rides a child-sized bike.
With bike and gear in hand, looks like I’m an official SmartCommuter…False. When I got the bike home and told my mom how I was now official and deserved some respect that was immediately shot down with her telling me I needed a helmet and can’t do anything until I get one. Ok, that’s not too bad I thought. I could just go to Target and get one really quick.
Headed out the door to pick up a helmet, I decided to check out this bike one more time. Duh Duh De Duhh (Dramatic Theme Music) disappointment ensued…all of my tires were flat. Why did I not check the tires before I left my friend’s house? Good question fellow SmartCommuter’s. Good question.
After fifteen minutes of pumping, I noticed that both tires were as flat as the ground… still. Needless to say, yesterday I did not become an official SmartCommuter… If there’s anything to learn from this, it’s that it is never too late to take the SmartCommute Challenge, even if the actual challenge is over. But more importantly, you should avoid being like me and do a little preparation before accepting the challenge.
What’s next? A new bike or new tires? The vote is still out!