I’m excited about the possibility of this lifestyle change, but also nervous.
Things I’m nervous about:
- Winter. There's no doubt about if winter will arrive; just when. It's been a mild November and December. We had a few snow days, but things warmed considerably. I rode to work through that without problems. But winter will arrive--temps in the teens and single digits, wind and snow. Not fun for biking to work, not fun for biking kiddo to school (or walking him), not fun for biking to the store.
- Feeling trapped in the house, especially in winter because the effort to go somewhere will be great. I know that I like to get out of the house, especially on weekends. And I’m a little afraid of going stir crazy. Now, you can argue that getting a car out in winter is no fun, which is true. I’m not saying my concerns are completely rational, just that they are concerns.
- Missing the Saturday errands day time. I’ve always liked running errands on Saturday, and I feel like when I can make it happen it can be a nice way for Jackson and I to do something together and give Brad a break. I have very fond memories of Saturday errands with my mom. Some of that might have fallen into the “go shopping just for something to do” category, though I don’t know that we would buy much. Just look at stuff and maybe get lunch or a snack. Again, I can see how this is a wasteful activity—driving around town just for something to do, and potentially spending money just because. But I worry that I will miss it.
- Getting to places farther than just a few miles because of the time it takes to ride. It takes me about 30 minutes to ride to work in the morning. I know I could probably go faster, but that’s the speed at which I am comfortable. I don’t mind that. It takes us about 45 minutes to ride to church. That’s about the longest distance we’ve done around town with any consistency. So, I’m not sure what happens when we are invited to people’s house who live 6 or 8 miles away.
- Being cold, especially in the winter. We’ve put a lot of effort into getting good gear and clothes that will help keep me warm, but there’s only so much you can do when you are outside and its 10 degrees.
- Accidents/falling down
- Getting hit by a car
- Mechanical failure en route that I won’t be able to fix myself.
- Costs. These costs could include things like cab fare, car rental, truck rental, as well as the costs of getting things going—gear for me primarily, including potentially two bikes. We’ll get them used or otherwise not pay retail, but there are still some significant costs associated with this. I think that we might save money over the long haul, but right now, when money is tight it I worry about what we might have to spend to get going.