If you read last week’s recap you already know that #CarlessMarch has been just as hard if not harder than I expected. I was surprised at how easily I handled long distances. Getting to my office or between cities in the Triangle was a breeze and I have really begun to enjoy those 20-30 minutes of downtime I have to catch up on things or just clear my head. The distances that have proved to be most challenging are those medium-length distances that are a little too far to walk but just aren’t convenient to reach via the bus.
I was surprised at how easily I handled long distances. Getting to my office or between cities in the Triangle was a breeze and I’ve really enjoyed those 20-30 minutes of downtime I have to catch up on things or just clear my head. The trips that have proved to be most challenging are those medium-length distances that are a little too far to walk but just aren’t convenient to reach via the bus.
I bought a bike.
I ended up cheating a few times before it really hit me that this was the necessary piece for going carless successfully and painlessly (if you disregard how much pain my quads and glutes are in right now).
Not only is this a great opportunity to show some love to local businesses but small, local bike shops are going to make this process as simple as possible. Folks in these shops know the area, the roads you’ll be traveling, and obstacles you may face. They’re also committed to getting people on bikes in their community which means you’re going to get way more help than at a huge store, online site, or someone on craigslist (which I’ve done but would only recommend if you have a decent amount of bicycle knowledge).
I chose to buy my Raleigh Rush Hour from Cycle Logic in downtown Raleigh. I’m familiar with the shop and knew they would get me set up on something awesome and within my budget. You can check out their website which lists all the new, sale, and used or antique bikes they have in stock before heading over to their eclectic shop.
I live in Durham so had to show some support here as well. I picked up some accessories at Bullseye Bicycle over on Morris and Chapel Hill Rd. I’d never set foot in the shop before but Rob was super helpful and even invited me to join their monthly casual ride.
The ride is going down next week on Thursday, March 27th! According to Rob, it’s not only a great way to meet people in the community but also to gain some road-riding confidence and learn best biking practices and routes. I, for one, can’t wait.
Once you get comfortable on your bike, pair it up with your bus route to really capitalize on some multimodal transportation. I put my bike on the Triangle Transit Route 105 out of Raleigh just minutes after purchasing it. I’d never used the rack before but my operator, Nate, hopped off and gave me the quick tutorial (after which he teased me for working for Triangle Transit and being such an amateur).
I can’t wait to see you on the road!
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