Tomorrow May 10th is Bike To Work day. Unfortunately the local weather forecast does not look very nice but if you have the properly fitted out bike and gear riding in the rain can be accomplished without much risk. This is my 5th year of bike commuting and the number of commutes has steadily increased from 77 to 137 in 2011. Last year it dropped to 126 because I did not do as many errands (which I track separately for no good reason other than just to see how much I can improve being car free) and I was also pretty fried after a bike heavy April and May.
You might be thinking that the bike you have is not adequate for commuting and I would have to disagree with you on that. I carry a backpack most days (unless I take my Salsa Mukluk which is outfitted with a rear rack) and my main bike has fenders on it for wet days but if it is nice out I will ride any of my bikes not just the "commuter". Working downtown and having to ride on some of the roads I do limits the amount of times I will bring my road bike to work but I do have a "road bike" set up with 700x27 that can take the abuse of downtown riding much better than the 700x23 or 25 that I typically run. On my commuter I have been running the Specialized Infiniti in 700x28 and am loving them.
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