I am considering buying a bike. Scratch that- I am buying a bike. I am just considering buying this one:
This is the Schwinn Hydra Women's 700C Hybrid Bike on sale right now at Canadian Tire. I really do not know much about bikes, except that hybrid bikes are best for city riding, so that is what I am going with! Plus this bike has tons of great reviews and hopefully won't fail me.
I have been considering getting a bike ever since I moved downtown in 2009, especially when I worked only a 30 minute walk away! I thought a bike would mean an amazingly short commute, but I was always afraid of biking in the city. My old office was right downtown, which meant I would need to bike down busy streets. I never got the courage.
But now I am trying to be healthier and I think a bike can help me with that goal by helping me get around town faster (ya...TTC can take forever). I also think that maybe I can bike to work since my current job is away from the core and I can get there by using a lot of bike paths and not roads. Score! It is a 11.5km ride and apparently will take me the same amount of time as TTCing it. Is that long? I honestly have no idea if that will be too-sweaty an idea or not (my work doesn't have fancy showers or anything!).
Oh, and my building has secure bike storage in the parking garage, so I wouldn't need to lock it up outside overnight or lug it up to my tiny unit- yay!
So please- give me some tips on biking in the city! Do you do it? All I know is get a good lock and avoid the streetcar tracks.