You may have noticed that we feature a lot of KHS stuff on this site. Well, it is because we have a great relationship with them. Vince C, Henry H and Vince R are super cool KHS employees that support bike commuting. Back in February we had a chance to visit their US Headquarters located in Dominguez Hills. Check out our article at mtnbikeriders.com by clicking here.
My wife and I couldn’t decide where to go out to eat yesterday. Neither of us wanted to drive. So I suggested to ride the bikes to McD’s. My wife was apprehensive at first, but I told her that I’ve done it before. So I hooked up my Copilot Trailer to the B27-R, loaded the kids and off to McD’s we went.
Grace loves her new Mountain Bike, so she decided to ride that instead of something more ‘street’ suitable, eh, to each its own.
We all had a good time riding to McD’s, Grace didn’t think it was so bad after all. I guess the biggest obstacle that a Bike Commuter has to overcome is Fear of traffic.
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Chris left a comment that deserves a posting:
Commuting by bicycle is really just a matter of how much motivation you have to do it, or what life position you are in. I live in a college town and tons of students have their bikes out all year round. Of course they are in a life position where they have a very low income. So, the bike makes sense for them. Then we have a fair amount of homeless peoples and low income peoples using bikes to get around. And there are those that have lost their driving license for what ever reason.
I would agree that there are very few people commuting by bicycle that live in a two income home with multiple cars. I live in a two income home, with one child and two cars. We have a loan against one of the cars, and our mortgage is not nearly as high as many other people my age (31). But I commute almost year round on my Redline single speed because it makes me feel good about myself due to the exercise, the money I am saving, and I guess the fact that I am putting less CO2 into the environment.
Now, I am pretty lucky that the town where I live, Lincoln Nebraska has 120 mi of paved and rock surfaced trails to ride. And my round trip commute to work, and or school is only about 6-10mi. The only days that I don’t commute are when there is ice and snow on the streets just after a big snow storm, or when the rain is pissing down to the point that no rain gear would save me from getting drenched. I commuted all the way through December last year. I did sit out most of January and Feb as there was a fair amount of snow storms. Some mornings when I left the house in December it was easily only 10F outside.
Now, I’m not looking for a medal here or anything. Just saying that I really think it is all up to your willingness to commute by bicycle. There are a million reasons you can think of why you should not commute by bicycle. Each of us just needs to decide how valid those reasons are to us.
I would really love to see a national push for bicycle commuting that involves folks driving their car to a large parking area just outside of the large city they work in, then getting on their bike and riding the 3-10mi to thier office. But, again that will only happen with a big social shift, or fuel prices escalating to levels of say twice what they are now. Can you imagine spending 120 dollars to fill up your SUV every week because gas is 5-6 bucks per gallon. That would sure make the partial bike commute much more inviting. Us Americans need to quite looking at the bike as a toy for the young and physically active, and start seeing it as a valid commuting tool.
But this is just all my opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree!
Thanks Chris for your inspiring thoughts.
There’s nothing like riding to work on a new bike… OK, so the B27-R is not a new bike, but with the NuVinci hub installed, it feels like a different bike. This is nothing like I ever ridden, it’s kind of hard to describe…
As I started pedaling to work, I rotated the CruiseController to a cadence that was neither hard nor easy, it was just right. As I started increasing my cadence, I also adjusted the CruiseController and I started to roll at a very comfortable speed. When I reached the stop lights, I simply moved the CruiseController to an easier setting and I started pedaling with ease, the “pedal mashing” feeling that you get when you ride single speeds or fixies was gone. Also gone is the “clack-clack” noise and the “half-pedal” revolution of a multi-gear bike.
The drawbacks? The hub is heavy and you can feel it. But since I’m not riding a Crit or an XC race, the weight is forgotten once you reach a comfortable speed. My first impression is based on my short 9.6 mile commute, I’m planning to ride with the NuVinci hub on my longer 22 mile commute that features a couple of small hills and see how it does. Come back for more updates!